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how to stop weeds from growing between bricks

How to stop weeds from growing between bricks

Weeds can pop up almost anywhere. They are invasive and require only a tiny crack to grow in between bricks. Weeds in your brick patio or walkway can be unsightly and unwanted. Fortunately, there are several methods for removing them once and for all.

Herbicides

One way of removing stubborn weeds from bricks is to pull them using mechanical tools, such as a crack scraper. Most home-improvement stores carry scrapers that contain long, L-shaped blades that reach into the cracks between bricks where the stem of the weed grows. By scraping along the edge of the brick, you can cut out most of the weed. One potential downfall of this method is that the roots often remain underground and may emerge again as weeds.

Mechanical Removal

A natural solution to killing pesky weeds in bricks is to use regular table salt. Mix about one part salt to two parts water on a hot stove until the solution boils. While the solution is still warm, pour it directly on the bricks where the weeds appear. Be careful not to apply the solution to grassy or other areas that you don’t want to kill, as the salt will kill off just about any plants. Dry salt can also be placed directly on weeds, but you will need to add small amounts of water to dissolve the salt into the cracks.

How to stop weeds from growing between bricks

Salt is another natural product that you can use to kill weeds. Start by using a 3:1 mixture of water and salt and apply to the area very carefully. Keep in mind that saltwater will also kill other plants, so take care to apply it only to the weeds.

To get rid of weeds with baking soda, moisten them with your garden hose and then sprinkle the soda on top of the entire weed.

Simple household baking soda may be all you need for your weed problems, especially if you want to kill weeds growing near decorative plants you’d like to keep. Baking soda is a natural product that will not contaminate your property or landscaping and is safe for the environment.

Method #3: Salt

But don’t worry, you’re not defenseless against weeds and other invasive plants.

The goal is to remove debris and sand from the joints while not disturbing the bedding layer that the pavers are resting on. You’ll need to continue to do this regularly to keep the weeds at bay.

Method #2: Vinegar

Selective herbicides can be applied to your whole patio because they target just weeds while having little to no effect on the surrounding grass. Non-selective herbicides will kill every type of plant that they touch, so you should only use them in the middle of your paved area.

Vinegar, like baking soda, is a natural household product that is safe to use as a weed killer. Vinegar has acetic acid, which draws the moisture out of plants causing them to die. Vinegar is extremely fast-acting and will result in brown, withered weeds within 24 hours.