LifestyleOutsmart garden weeds: the simple secrets to upgrading your paving stones

Outsmart garden weeds: the simple secrets to upgrading your paving stones

A way to get rid of weeds from paving stones
A way to get rid of weeds from paving stones
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8:19 AM EST, January 14, 2024

Paving stones can be a lifesaver, especially after heavy rainfall when there's a lot of mud around.

It's important to know how to maintain them to ensure their appeal lasts for years. In this piece, we offer advice on how to tackle unwanted weed growth around them.

Preventing weeds on paving stones

Before resorting to expensive weed killers, try using the resources available for free—nettles. You can find them in meadows, ditches, and even in your garden.

Nettles are perfect for mulching purposes, for instance, around paving stones. When cut into small pieces, they can help suppress weed and moss growth. And they're excellent for the soil to boot.

It's a lesser-known fact that nettles are rich in valuable minerals. Hence, many gardeners choose to use nettle mulch where they've planted a variety of vegetables.

When dealing with paving stones, it's advisable to conduct this action in early spring, before the plants spring into life.

An economical weed killer

Nettle mulch can serve as a preventive measure. But, it's good to know how to handle the situation when the first weeds have already sprung up in our garden or on the paving stones.

Simply using bicarbonate soda is effective, and it's available in stores for a very reasonable price.

Moreover, this solution does not have a negative impact on the soil quality, unlike many popular chemical treatments.

Begin by uprooting the weeds manually. Afterward, scatter the soda in places where you do not want the weeds to regrow.

Given its fine powdery nature, it will easily seep into even the smallest cracks, making it very useful in the case of paving stones.

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