In this blog we are going to explain why weed killers are not a fix for your overgrown hardscape and what you should really consider doing to treat the problem…
You’ve probably heard all of the hoopla surrounding weed killers lately. But there are a lot of other reasons to shy away from relying on this product that don’t have to do with your health.
We’ll be honest…we do suggest the occasional use of weed killing sprays. But this is only for cases where one or two weeds have popped up between the cracks of the pavers. Pulling out the weeds disrupts the sand so a few sprays of weed killer does minimal damage in this case.
The fact is you should not be dousing any area of your backyard with these chemicals. They only kill the weeds for short amount of time and they do not prevent them from coming back as most of them advertise. They are only a quick fix for a ongoing issue.
The only TRUE FIX for removing weeds and preventing them from coming back is regular hardscape maintenance.
Regular hardscape maintenance involves preservation of the sand between the joints of the pavers and sealing the entire surface. Now if you have an older hardscape that doesn’t have any sand left or needs repairs you may need a sand replacement before you can start regular maintenance on your hardscape.
Once you have your newly installed or restored hardscape sealed, keeping weeds away is simple. The sealer creates a protective layer over the surface and prevents weed seeds and moss or mold spores from getting into the joints. It also makes the blocks more stain resistant.
The moral of the story is having your pavers sealed makes cleaning up a breeze. As long as you hose off your pavers regularly you won’t have to worry about weeds or moss for years to come. We recommend having your hardscape professionally cleaned and sealed every 3-4 years.