Question: How can I get rid of weeds in my sidewalk or driveway?
Weeds growing in your sidewalk or driveway, or between pavers in your pathways or patio can be definite eyesores. Here are some simple, organic methods for getting rid of them.
- Use a flat-head screwdriver or a dandelion digger to scrape them out.
- Boil water and (carefully!) pour it on the weeds.
- Make a simple spray with 1 quart of vinegar, 1/4 cup of salt, and 2 tablespoons of dishwashing detergent. Stir it all together until the salt dissolves. Add it to a spray bottle and spray directly onto the weeds. This works best when there's no rain in the forecast for a couple of days!
- You could flame them with a small propane flamer or blowtorch.
- Of course, you can pull them. Pulling is especially effective for weeds with taproots, such as dandelions.
- If the weeds are appearing between pavers, you could try filling the space with something else. If there are large spaces between the pavers, consider ground covers such as thyme, shredded bark mulch, or pebbles. If the spaces are small, look into a product called polymeric sand. This can be swept and watered into the cracks, and, once dry, forms a barrier that weeds can't grow through. Watch what you're buying -- there are some brands of this product that use synthetic binders, and others that use organic binders. Buy the organic one, if at all possible.