Stone pavers are often used to create walkways around residential homes. But unless they are fully sealed, grass and weeds are likely to sprout up between the individual pavers.
Not only is this an eye-sore, but it may jeopardize the structural integrity of your walkway.
When weeds or grass take hold and begin growing, the roots will quickly spread underneath the soil, creating an unstable surface and increasing the risk of cracking in the stones.
So, how do you prevent grass and weeds from growing here?
Stop Weeds in Your Lawn First
If weeds are growing between your pavers, there’s a good chance they are coming from your lawn.
Seeds will spread from the lawn to the pavers, allowing the weeds to take hold. Therefore, you should begin by eliminating weeds in your lawn.
Take a few minutes to inspect your lawn for weeds, spot-treating any that you come across (we’ll explain spot-treatment options later).
Edge the Pavers
In addition to eliminating weeds from your lawn, you should also edge the pavers.
Hopefully, you already have an edger, in which case this shouldn’t be a problem. Using an edger, go around the pavers, flowerbeds and driveway to define the edges.
This discourages grass, weeds and other plant life from growing, which should subsequently prevent unwanted growth between the pavers.
Of course, you’ll need to edge these areas on a regular basis to prevent grass and weeds from coming back.
Neutralizing Grass and Weeds Between Pavers
Edging alone isn’t always effective, so you should neutralize any weeds and grass between pavers using a different method.
A weed extraction tools is great for open lawns, but it’s not ideal for use between pavers. In this instance, you should use a weed killing spray, either chemical-based or non-chemical.
You can find weed killers available for sale at most home improvement stores and gardening centers, or you can make your own using a combination of vinegar, water and dish soap.
Either way, spray the solution directly onto the weeds or grass, allowing it to sit 24-48 hours, after which it should die.
Unless you seal the cracks and spaces between the pavers, weeds and grass will likely come back.
You can always neutralize them using the methods listed above, but that’s only a temporary solution.
Ideally, you should seal the space between the pavers, keeping unwanted plant growth at bay.
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