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Removing Weeds Between Pavers

Apart from using a sharp knife, does anyone have any tips for removing weeds growing between paving slabs without resorting to harsh, environmentally-unfriendly chemicals?

By Pie 59 from Cambridge, UK

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April 17, 20090 found this helpful
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I've been told that you can spray vodka on those weeds and they will die.

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

Yes,but will die happy.

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May 28, 20170 found this helpful

or drink the vodka and you won't care about the weeds !!!

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June 17, 20170 found this helpful

if I drink enough vodka I don't give a damn about the weeds!

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

Drink the vodka and the weeds won't bother you

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April 19, 20092 found this helpful
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My favorite is a gardener's flame weeder. It's a long wand attached to a propane tank, and you flame the weeds until their juices boil and they look bright green. Kills anything small, and like once a month you would re-treat anything with a bigger root. I like it because it's just so satisfying. No need to burn them to ash.

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April 17, 20160 found this helpful

I'll tell my parents to try this out,& see what happens & what they'd think of it. Thank you

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April 19, 20093 found this helpful
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Buy a gallon of vinegar, remove one cup and add 1 cup of salt, shake to mix then add the cup of vinegar back to the jug. Spray on the cracks in the pavers. Be careful because it will kill anything it touches.

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April 19, 20094 found this helpful
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Boil water in the kettle and pour it over the weeds. Works every time!

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April 20, 20091 found this helpful
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Pour salt on the weeds. I usually get cheap salt for projects like this.

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April 15, 20090 found this helpful

I poured full strength vinegar between the cracks of sidewalk and the weeds began wilting in the sun w/i an hour. The next day they were dead. Do regularly as needed.

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April 17, 20090 found this helpful

Boiling water.

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April 17, 20090 found this helpful

Lorelei you should know that the vinegar will also kill tree roots so be careful how much you apply. You only need 2 tablespoons to gallon of water and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil works too. Sparingly near roots of things you want.

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April 18, 20090 found this helpful

Boiling water really works great. Cost is minimal.

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April 18, 20090 found this helpful

BORAX sold in the cleaning products section of your local stores is great for killing the weeds. Do not use 'close' to any flowers/trees. BORAX also keeps ants away. The instructions for weeds: "...sprinkling borax into all the crevices where you've seen weeds grow. When applied around foundation of your home, it will also keep ants away..." Also, Borax good for many other things around the house.

REF: Reader's Digest: Extraordinary Uses for ordinary things --ISBN 0-7621-0705-7

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April 19, 20090 found this helpful

Vinegar is excellent and a healthy alternative to harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment :-) Using Vodka makes sense, too, because vinegar is a byproduct of fermentation ;-) I 'mist spray' full strength on non-windy days and am sure to use a piece of cardboard to protect any non-weed foliage that might be right next to the weeds I am spraying.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

Salt and vinager

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July 1, 20170 found this helpful

We have a 25 x 25 brick patio, and for over 25 years we use a simple formula. You can either use white vinegar (do not dilute) or plain old table salt. If you use the vinegar, we found it best to use during a dry period with little to no rain. Either spray it on the cracks or pour it (kinda wasteful to pour it unless you have a very steady hand and a small pouring spout. As for the salt, most places say to dilute it in water and then pour it on the weeds. This is both time consuming and wasteful. We just pour it directly from the box onto the cracks and weeds. We the sweep it into the cracks as best as we can. Next use a hose with a fine mist nozzle and wet the salt. You don't want to drench it since it will then perhaps run into your nearby gardens or lawn. (we learned from experience)

Both of these methods work very well. It also does not harm animals nor insects. We have a thriving toad population that is unaffected by this. Hope this helps.

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