Sunday, August 8, 2010

Brick Patio Weed Control

In researching this article, I found one instance where a homeowner was so incensed
by the weeds in her patio that she set fire to them with a blowtorch!




Luckily, several items provide better service as a weeding tool and there are several better alternatives for brick patio weed control.



Of course, the best method of brick patio weed control is proper installation of your brick patio.



Start with an under-layment of pea gravel, topped by a layer of sturdy landscape cloth and cover with it with a layer of sand.







This will give your brick patio a firm footing as well as cramp the style of any weeds in the area.



Nevertheless, if your brick patio is already installed and running rampant with weeds, here are some tips to help you succeed in to keep it weed free without a lot of agonizing work.



First, to make your brick patio weed control plan a success, implement your plan before weeds flower. This keeps weeds from going to seed and helps make a short-term plan last for a longer time.



For the following tip and other tips that involve weed dousing of one sort or another, use a piece of cardboard or scrap of Plexiglas to protect nearby plants.



One of the best ways to kill a vegetable of any kind is to cook it.



Boiling water is a natural and very inexpensive weed-wilter and works to kill most forms of annual weeds. It also kills or weakens many types of perennial weeds.



A teakettle is your weeding tool. Fill it with water and bring it to a boil. While you're waiting (because a watched pot never boils, you know!) go outside and cut the culprits down to their crowns.



When the water begins to boil, grab the kettle (using a potholder) and pour the water on the crowns of the weeds, holding the kettle high enough only to avoid splashing. Killing weeds with boiling water will also scald any biological organisms that get splashed, but more will return as soon as the soil cools.



Vinegar will kill most weeds. However, grocery store vinegar is normally a 5% solution and is too weak to do the job. Ten-percent vinegar will kill most weeds and usually is found where canning and pickling supplies are sold.



A 20% solution of vinegar kills really stubborn weeds, but is frequently more than twice as expensive as 10%. Try to control the weeds with the 10% before you make the investment in a stronger solution.



Spray the vinegar directly on the weeds, using the shield mentioned above and taking care not to inhale fumes. You may also want to wear gloves and eye protection as a further safeguard.



In my experience these measures will keep all brick patio's free from weed without a lot of back breaking work.



We love to share our gardening ideas and hear yours.





About the author:



Hans is an enthusiast gardener. He is one of the authors of :

http://www.gardening-guides.com

and

http://www.patio-furniture-ideas.com/
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