How To Get Rid Of Patio Weeds Without Chemicals
If you have a brick patio and are sick of those nasty weeds then you must try this solution! There is a way to get rid of patio weeks without using chemicals. A few years ago, we restructured our brick patio and added more bricks to it. Little did we realize that even though we used plastic sheeting under the bricks, weeds would find a home there regardless of the precautions we took.
Does your patio look like this? Aren’t you tired of pulling weeds? Well, here’s the perfect chemical free solution!
You can be weed free within a few short hours! We even had to pull weeds in the winter too. It was nuts!
This is what we had to deal with constantly! We really wanted to avoid using chemicals. They never work and have serious consequences too. We knew there had to be a better way and of course, there was! Paver/Patio sand – yep, it was that simple.
The best part is you can use sand anyplace where you have unwanted weeds! It’s not just for patio use. We even used this patio/paver sand in the garden around flowers and shrubs! As you can see below, we even had moss growing in between the bricks. It was a mess!
We tried everything and weed killer was not the solution. It’s bad for the earth and not good for humans either (there are claims that Roundup causes Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma). We finally found a healthier way to tackle those nasty weeds and get rid of them for good. They were growing like crazy in between the bricks and making us flipping mad!
After digging up all the weed, and making sure there wasn’t a trace left, we used patio/paver sand to finally get rid of them!
You can pick the sand up at any of your local hardware stores. It’s the best way to fight those nasty weeds without using chemicals and this is the type we used. You can also buy single bags of it as well.
It works great for:
- Leveling sand for interlocking patio, pavers, edging, walls
- Use for paver leveling or as paver joint sand
- Aids with proper drainage and stability to patio projects
We also had to get rid of the weeds from our neighbor’s side of the fence too to make sure none of the nastiness of her weeds didn’t poke through. It was so easy to do and all without chemicals! That entire strip against the wall was loaded with weeds. Not anymore!
All you have to do is spread the sand with a broom and make sure you pack it good in between the bricks or any other place you don’t want weeds. When done, water is all down good. The water helps to seal the sand and make it hard and compact like cement.
We packed the paver sand tightly into any place that could grow weeds and wow does it work great!
Now, we can love our backyard space again and never have to worry about those nasty weeds popping up and ruining our down time! I hope you were able to get a solution for your weed problems too.
NOTE: There were a lot of questions about this process, I wanted to address them here as best I can.
About the application process: Firstly, we used a brush to lay down the sand and packed it in between the bricks with the base of the brush – a fairly simple thing to do. Then, once the sand was in place, and all the weeds and moss were removed by hand first, we wet the entire deck down thoroughly. This hardens the sand and makes is almost cement like. It’s important to make sure you do this step properly.
It was a simple straightforward application and only took us a few hours to complete. My neighbor has used this process as well and has not had a weed in years now and trust me, I check. Now, while I’m not saying you will never a weed again, this is the best solution for sure. No chemicals, no vinegar, no baking soda, just the sand.
I was also asked if you can use this in a flower bed, I can only share my experience. I have wood chips in my flower beds and weeds were still growing so I added some of the sand over the chips and it seems to be helping a great deal. This sand is primarily meant for brick pavers. It’s work unbelievably well for us and so far, no sign of weeds at all.
Will they ever come back again? Based on my neighbor and my experience with this sand, we are both weed free! After a few years, if they grow back, I will repeat this process again especially since it was pretty easy to do in the first place. I will try to get to your questions if I see more.
Update: No weeds at all! I wanted to let you all know that so far, we have no weeds at all on our patio!
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