It’s not uncommon for grass to grow between pavers. It can be a frustrating problem if you don’t know how to fix it or what the best solution is. Luckily, there are many different ways that you can prevent this from happening! In this blog post, we will discuss types of applications and methods for preventing grass from growing in these spaces so your patio looks great all year long!
In order to avoid trouble with the emergence of grass between the sidewalk tiles:
- Buy quality paving tiles;
- Know how to prevent grass and moss;
- Take steps to eliminate weeds in a timely manner.
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Methods to prevent grass growth between paving tiles
There are a number of methods used during the paving phase that will help prevent grass in the paving:
Geotextile. It will protect against the vegetation, increase the load-bearing capacity of the soil, eliminate the “spreading” of tile modules and the formation of bumps and cracks. Can last more than a dozen years.
Linoleum. Performs a protective function for 2-3 years.
Roofing felt. Will get rid of grass and moss for 3-4 years.
Polyethylene film. Effective, but quickly destroyed by frost.
The effectiveness of laying methods in controlling weeds between pavement modules:
Paving on a dry sand-cement “cushion”. Each piece is laid as tightly as possible to each other and is nailed with a mallet. When the work is complete – the canvas is poured with water. After curing is a structure that will prevent the growth of grass for a long time.
Laying on the mortar. Professionals make paving modules on a concrete wet mixture with minimal gaps between the parts of the tiled cloth. Joints are poured with liquid concrete mortar – classic gray or pigmented. The final coating is monolithic, which does not give a chance for vegetation. Laying paving tiles on concrete is a more expensive but more effective method than paving on the dry mix.
How to get rid of weeds between stone slabs
Tip 1 – Use a joint scraper:
If the area where the stone slabs are located is not too large, then it is advisable to always remove the weeds between the joints by hand right away, if possible. To do this, you should use either an old knife or a special weed cutter, or a joint scraper. It is important that you catch the plants together with the root so that they do not reappear so quickly.
Tip 2 – Use pressure washer:
Another way to get rid of the weeds between the flagstones is to use a pressure washer. Clean the joints with it and then fill them up again with some sand so that weeds won’t get through so quickly in the future.
Tip 3 – Use gas burner/weed burner:
If you own a gas burner, you can use it to touch the grass and weeds in the joints. You can then simply remove the remains with a broom. Please be very careful when handling the flamethrower (see weed burner) and also pay attention to plants in the vicinity, because they could otherwise burn with it.
Do not use salt as a weed killer!
Often you can read the tip that you can also destroy weeds with salt. Many dissolve road salt in hot water for this purpose and then pour this over the stone slabs. However, this is not recommended, because the salt is absolutely harmful to the environment and is washed into the soil by the water. So stay away from salt as a weed killer!