Between the bricks, stones, and slabs of concrete that pave your lawn lies a dark abyss that only weeds can conquer. These inconspicuous plants spring up between the cracks, clinging to life before being mercilessly ripped from their roots by homeowners who prefer barren ground over these wild interlopers. To make sure your pavers remain clear of vegetation for years to come, there are a few things you can do to ensure weed-free pathways throughout your property recommended by a concrete contractor Rochester.
Don’t overwater your lawn or plants near the pavers, and avoid watering them directly
One way to avoid weeds in between concrete pavers is to simply not water the areas surrounding them at all. Overwatering any grass or plant will cause it to grow stronger and thicker while also causing its roots to run deeper into the soil where they’re harder get out—meaning you’ll have a weed problem that requires more time and effort to fix later.
If watering your lawn is a necessary part of keeping it alive, avoid watering the pavers themselves by making sure none of the water from the sprinkler hits them. You can also make sure they get watered less frequently or for shorter periods of time to reduce how long their roots are in contact with moist soil.
Use weed barrier fabric or newspaper as a physical barrier
Another way to keep weeds from sprouting up between concrete pavers is by using a weed barrier fabric. This thin plastic mesh will prevent even baby seeds from finding their way into the cracks and growing up along your path. If this doesn’t seem like an option (or if you want to save yourself some money), laying down newspaper before putting down your new pavers will do the trick. The newspaper will block some weeds from sprouting while also preventing grass and small plants from growing up around your concrete.
Spray weeds with weed killers as a last resort
If all else fails, you can use chemical weed killers sparingly on your pavers by applying them with a spray bottle to kill off any seedlings that may be trying to grow. This should only be used as a last resort since it can damage your lawn if not done properly or too frequently, leaving soil bare for more weeds to fill in.
Weed-proofing the ground around your new pavers isn’t difficult; however, homeowners must make sure they’re proactive about preventing weeds rather than simply taking care of the problem after it’s already there. These tips are recommended by our team at Rochester Concrete Contractor Company