Natural Stone paving is an increasingly popular choice of paving for patios and driveways across the UK. It is not only one of the most durable and cost-effective paving options on the market, but it is also one of the most low maintenance choices. Natural stone paving is self-sustaining for the most part but that does not mean it won’t require the occasional upkeep. One of the most common maintenance issues homeowners frequently encounter is weeds growing through their paving but there are steps you can take to prevent this and keep your paving looking its best.
Weedkiller is one of the most popular and effective methods of killing any weeds you find growing through your paving and stopping any more from appearing. There are a range of weed killers available which will all offer different results and will have a varying effect on your paving and surrounding plant life. It is always important to do your research into which weed killer best suits your requirements as stronger chemical solutions will provide a more permanent solution but are more harmful to the environment.
There are a range of inexpensive and simple solutions that you can make at home if weed killer isn’t within your budget. Many homeowners choose to use salt as it makes the ground inhospitable for weeds and other plant life to grow. Application every 6-8 months is advised as it will wash away over time but be mindful of where it is draining to as it may kill your grass.
Equally, a natural vinegar spray can be effective in keeping the weeds at bay. A solution of white distilled vinegar, lemon juice, dish soap and rubbing alcohol that is then diluted with water will kill off any weeds within 24 hours. The acetic acid within the vinegar is what will help to kill the weeds, but again, be mindful of where it is sprayed as it will kill all plant life.
A paving sealant is an option that most paving specialists would recommend to stop weeds growing through. Although it is slightly more expensive than the previously mentioned solutions, it is one of the most effective and long-term options available. There are many different types of sealant but generally polyurethane sealants are the most widely recommended as cheaper substitutes can often end in disaster.
Unruly weeds are a problem most homeowners with driveway or patio paving will encounter but taking the right steps can ensure your paving stays looking its best. For more help and advice on how to maintain your paving, feel free to get in touch with us at The Premium Paving Company.
We have built our reputation and rapport with global contacts over the last 15 years to ensure we are the UK’s paving supplier of choice. If you are interested in finding out more about our block paving options for your driveway or would like to sample our natural stone paving range then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.