How To Permanently Get Rid Of Weeds In A Driveway
There is nothing worse than your new and beautiful driveway being ruined by the sudden growth of weeds and grasses. They can make their way up through cracks, between paving stones and through the gravel.
Sometimes it can seem that no matter how often you pull them out, they just grow back in ever increasing quantities. You are bound to wonder how you can get rid of weeds in your driveway for good.
There are a few methods that might work, but the best tried and tested method is certainly to prepare your driveway correctly before it is even laid.
The ways to remove weeds from your driveway will depend on the type of driveway you have. In some cases, the methods used to remove the weeds will need to be more drastic than others.
Removing Weeds From Gravel Driveways: The Process
In most cases, you will lay down a weed barrier material on the ground before you add your layers of gravel. This will keep weeds at bay for a good while, as it prevents any light from reaching the plants; thereby preventing them from growing.
But these materials can disintegrate, and eventually, those weeds will start to show through-and they can be very stubborn indeed. However, there are a few ways you can tackle them and come out on top. Here’s 3 suggestions to keep wayward weeds in check:
● You can simply remove them by hand as they grow. You should be sure to pull all of the root out if you can. You can also dig down through the gravel to find the root and dig it out. You will need to do this every time you see a new weed coming through.
● You can treat your driveway weeds with a weed killer. Because it is just gravel, the weed killer should seep through the stones, and reach the earth below. Many people prefer not to use harsh chemicals, so natural options include vinegar and salt solutions. You can spray the entire area to catch small weeds that have not yet shown themselves too.
● If you have a serious problem and you realise that the weed barrier material is not working at all, you will need to replace it. This will involve shovelling away the gravel, lifting the old barrier material, digging out any weeds or grass that are still growing below (possibly treating the ground with weed killer), adding a new barrier, and replacing the gravel. This is a hard job, but should give you a further few years of a weed free driveway.
You can use a weed killer directed between the pavers to try and kill the root of the plant. You should be careful to ensure that your chosen weed killer will not affect the look or the integrity of the bricks before you use it
Removing Weeds From A Brick Paver Driveway: The Process
Brick pavers are usually laid onto a bed of sand, that might have a layer of gravel beneath. In some cases a weed barrier material may have been added. If weeds grow through, they will almost always come up between the brick pavers, sometimes forcing them apart.
You may also find that wet areas will grow moss on the surface, which can be dangerous and slippery if your shoes have inadequate traction.
● You will, in the first instance, need to remove the weeds from the surface of the driveway. You can use special tools to get between the pavers, and to scrape away the moss and weeds. This usually only deals with the leafy part of the weed, and the root is left behind. Due to the way that pavers are laid close to one another, it can be hard to reach the main root of the plant.
● You can use a weed killer directed between the pavers to try and kill the root of the plant. You should be careful to ensure that your chosen weed killer will not affect the look or the integrity of the bricks before you use it.
● Because most paver driveways are simply bedded on a layer of sand, you can remove sections of the driveway to reach persistent weeds. You will need to relay the pavers, and possibly replace some of the sand as well.
Weeds in expansion gaps should be removed as they grow, and a weed killer used and applied. There may be enough space to dig down and find the root, but in most cases, this will be impossible. It is simply a matter of keeping on top of the problem
Removing Weeds From Concrete And Asphalt Driveways: The Process
Weeds will usually only grow through a concrete or asphalt driveway if there are cracks to allow them to do so. In concrete driveways, however, expansion gaps are usually left at regular intervals; these can be the perfect place for weeds to raise their heads.
The best way to prevent them is to ensure the areas is free of weeds before the driveway is laid and to use a barrier material, but if you already have weeds, you can try taking the following actions:
● If you have weeds coming through a crack, you should remove the weed, treat the crack with a weed killer, and then repair the crack to prevent more weeds growing through. You can find asphalt and concrete crack repair kits at D.I.Y stores.
● Weeds that are growing around the edges can be easier to attack as you may be able to dig down into the soil alongside the driveway to remove the root. Be sure to shore up the soil on the edges after digging toe prevent collapse.
● Weeds in expansion gaps should be removed as they grow, and a weed killer used and applied. There may be enough space to dig down and find the root, but in most cases, this will be impossible. It is simply a matter of keeping on top of the problem.
If your contractor uses a good edging material, weeds are also unlikely to grow on the outer edges and any that do are easily removed
Resin Bound Driveway: Permanent Weed Prevention
The key to preventing weeds in your driveway on a permanent basis is to choose a driveway material that won’t allow weeds to grow through and to prepare the base correctly. Preferably both.
A resin bound driveway offers a great way to prevent weeds due to the way the base is prepared and the way the material is laid. The base is almost always dug down a few centimetres and any existing weeds are removed.
The soil is then covered with a base of gravel for drainage and then a layer of asphalt is added. These layers prevent sunlight getting to the soil and therefore weeds will not grow. But if they did, the upper layer of resin and stone will do the rest of the job.
Resin bound driveways are a mixture of resin and aggregate stone and while the mixture is porous, it is very strong and bound together with the resin. The surface is impenetrable for any weeds that might have found their way through gravel and asphalt.
The surface is also laid in one continuous layer, with no gaps or joints. It is very unlikely to crack, due to the flexible nature of the product, and, therefore, weeds simply cannot find a way through.
If your contractor uses a good edging material, weeds are also unlikely to grow on the outer edges and any that do are easily removed.
Weeds really can ruin the way that your driveway looks and can even damage the surface as they absorb water and allow expansion of cracks.
You want to do all you can to prevent them growing, by preparing the base in the right way, and choosing the best possible material for your driveway. Hopefully our top tips will help you to remove any weeds you already have-regardless of driveway type or material.
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