How to Prevent Weeds From Growing Between Pavers

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Have you discovered weeds growing between pavers in your landscape? Pavers play an important role in the aesthetics of your landscape. They create a visual sense of separation between the living and non-living elements. In some cases, pavers also serve as sidewalks or driveways. Weeds can grow just about anywhere, however, including the spaces where two or more pavers meet.

Fill the Spaces
One of the most effective ways to keep weeds out of pavers is to use a filler material. Weeds can only grow in areas where the soil is directly exposed and visible. Even if there’s just a quarter-inch of soil between two pavers, though, weeds may take root. Using a filler material, you can prevent weeds from growing. Polymeric sand is often used as a filler material for pavers. They consist of small granules made of a synthetic, polymeric-based compound. You can add polymeric sand to the spaces between pavers. When exposed to water, the polymeric sand will harden to form a cement-like barrier that prevents weeds from growing.

Use Mulch
You can use mulch to prevent weeds from growing between pavers as well. Sprinkling mulch between the pavers will protect them from weeds. Mulch will cover the soil so that it doesn’t receive any direct sunlight. And without sunlight, neither weeds nor any other plants will be able to grow.

Mulch isn’t as effective as polymeric sand. Even if you use a sufficient amount, some of the mulch will likely blow away in the wind, resulting in the soil being exposed once again. Nonetheless, mulch is inexpensive and easy to use. If you’re looking for a quick but temporary solution to eliminate weeds between pavers, you can use mulch. For a long-term solution, on the other hand, polymeric sand is recommended.

Spray With an Herbicide
Of course, there are herbicides available to deal with intrusive and pesky weeds. There are two primary types of store-bought herbicides: inorganic and organic. The former type consists of inorganic compounds like copper sulfate and sodium chlorate, whereas the latter type consists of organic compounds like carbamates and dinitrophenols. You can even make your own herbicide using vinegar and dish soap. Vinegar is a safe and effective all-natural herbicide. Its acidic properties will kill most types of weeds. Just remember to add a small amount of dish soap to it. Dish soap will change the consistency of the vinegar so that it’s “stickier” and less likely to get washed away by the rain.



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