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Conquer weeds in paving stones with easy DIY vinegar spray

Cheap and effective spraying will help get rid of weeds.
Cheap and effective spraying will help get rid of weeds.
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7:07 PM EDT, May 12, 2024

Paving stones are a favorite material for garden paths and driveways due to their durability. However, the presence of weeds growing between the stones can mar their appearance and even cause unevenness. Instead of laboriously removing them by hand, consider preparing a simple, homemade spray to tackle the issue more effectively.
Paving stones have long been valued in home gardens for their robustness. Many choose them for paving driveways among other uses. The downside is that grass and weeds can grow between the stones, creating an unsightly look and potentially disturbing the evenness of the pavement.
Rather than toiling away, removing moss, grass, and weeds manually, it's more efficient to use a homemade spray. This quick solution helps keep your paving stones looking elegant for an extended period.

Homemade weed spray

Although commercial weed-killing products are readily available, a homemade concoction can be just as effective, more economical, and simple to make. All you need are two ingredients.
To create an effective spray for tackling weeds in paving stone gaps, mix vinegar and water in a 2:1 ratio, or about 1 quart of vinegar to 1 pint of water.

It's crucial to add vinegar to the water, not vice versa, to avoid acidic splashes. This adheres to the safety principle often taught in chemistry: "Remember, young chemist, always pour acid into water" to prevent hazardous splashes.

Apply the Spray Effectively

Pour the vinegar-water solution into a spray bottle. Test it on a small section of your paving to ensure it doesn't cause any discoloration. If the paving stones remain unaffected, begin spraying the weed-infested gaps. The vinegar's properties will cause the weeds to dry out quickly.
For best results, perform this task on a sunny day, which helps speed up the drying and weed-killing process. If weeds persist, reapply the spray after a few days. Typically, two or three applications will significantly reduce weed growth for a more extended period.
By opting for this simple and natural method, you can maintain the aesthetics and condition of your paving stones without the backbreaking labor of weeding by hand or the expense of commercial products.
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