Concrete patios are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason. A good concrete patio is durable, affordable and can be made by any avid DIYer. The creation of the patio isn’t terribly difficult, but the maintenance can become frustrating. This is especially true when it comes to keeping your concrete free of weeds. Today we’re going to take a closer look at the best ways to keep weeds from taking over a concrete patio.
The first step of getting control over your patio is to remove any and all existing weeds. There are a number of effective methods for killing weeds, so choose whatever makes the most sense to you. These are a few of our favourites:
- Pull the weeds by hand! A tried and true method that only requires a pair of gardening gloves. While this method is effective, it can quickly become tedious.
- A mixture of salt, water and white vinegar in a spray bottle will quickly kill any weeds that come into contact with the mixture. Just spray then sweep away the dead weeds.
- A propane torch is an efficient and entertaining way to take care of any pesky weeds. Of course, make sure you aren’t torching anything that’s flammable other than the weeds that you’re trying to kill.
- Of course, any weed killer that you buy at your local hardware store will likely be effective here too. Some of those store bought weed killers can include some nasty chemicals, so be sure to keep your pets away while you’re spraying and do your research.
Weeds tend to pop up in the cracks between concrete. The more cracks in your patio, the more weeds that will grow. That’s why patios made out of concrete pavers tend to struggle with weed growth, there are cracks on all sides. One of the best ways to prevent future weed growth is to make those cracks inhospitable for growing plants. The easiest way to do that is to fill those cracks with sand. Sand won’t change the overall aesthetic of the concrete, but it will make it much more difficult for weeds to grow.
The key to keeping weeds from taking over a concrete patio is consistent upkeep and proper preparation. If you are in a position where you feel overwhelmed accomplishing this task on your own, feel free to reach out to a professional. Visit www.razorbackconcrete.com to learn more.