Block paving is a fantastic method for covering driveways. Still, if it is not maintained regularly, a high-quality spec driveway with an expert finish can quickly become an eyesore due to weeds that can grow in between the gaps of the pavers. This article will examine the best methods for keeping block paving driveways looking as good as new by removing those wicked weeds.
A spot of manual gardening
Even though it may be the most time-consuming option, there is no better method of removing troublesome weeds than with a spot of manual labour. It does not need to be backbreaking work if you have a knee pad to use while weeding and a robust pair of gardening gloves to protect your fingers and hands. When removing weeds from driveways, it is typically best to get to work after a spell of rain as it softens the soil and makes it easier to remove the whole weed, including the root. By manually removing weeds, you increase the chances of your driveway staying weed-free for longer. Try using a billhook for any obstinate weeds that will not pull out easily.
Use widely available white vinegar
White vinegar can be purchased readily in most supermarkets and is an effective and affordable weed killer. Mix around four and a half litres of white vinegar with two teaspoons of soap before decanting the solution into a spray bottle. When you apply the solution to the weeds, it will start to remove moisture from the weeds and kills them at the roots. It is best to use the white vinegar on a warmish day to help speed up the process and should there be a rain shower soon after spraying the weeds, apply another coating once the area dries.
Using saltwater and baking soda to remove weeds
Saltwater can be effective albeit slow-working method of killing off weeds in block paving driveways. It would be best to concoct a solution with three-parts water and one part salt, then pour this over the weeds. If the weeds are stubborn, you may need to repeat the process and increase the salt concentration in the solution to ensure they are gone. Baking soda provides a very simple method for ridding your driveway of weeds. Simply pour some baking soda over your block-paving, sweep it into the gaps using a soft bristle brush, and then give the area a sprinkling of H2O from your water can. One of the advantages of using baking soda is you can apply it after a rainstorm, but similarly to the saltwater approach, it does need repeating every few weeks.
Prevention is better than the cure
If you successfully remove your driveway weeds with any of the above methods, it is worth undertaking frequent maintenance to ensure they do not return. A pressure washer can be used to clear the gaps of any remaining seeds or roots but be careful to only direct the water jet to certain areas for short bursts. If you are too vigorous with a pressure washer, it is possible to disturb the mortar between the pavers. Regular sweeping will also help remove any seeds that fall between the gaps, keeping your driveway weed-free.
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