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How to get rid of weeds in block paving

One of the most frustrating things about Block Paving is weeds growing in between the gaps. They can make your beautiful paving look unsightly. They can also be incredibly tedious to remove! Luckily for you, we have gathered together some of the most effective ways for you to remove them and condensed it all into one article. In this guide, we break down exactly how to get rid of weeds in block paving.

How to get rid of weeds in block paving

How to get rid of weeds in block paving

There are a few different weapons you have in your arsenal, each with its own pros and cons. We will go through them all here.

  • Weed Killers
  • Weed Burners
  • Removal Tools
  • Electric Weeding Machine
  • Jet Washer
  • Elbow Grease!

Weed Killers

There are untold numbers of various weed killers on the market today. Including ones specially formulated for driveways and paving. Most weed killers are very toxic (you don’t say!) and this puts a lot of people off using them. This especially affects pet owners and parents with young children or grandchildren.

Weed killers are really effective, so if you just want maximum weed removal and are not bothered about using toxic chemicals then they are a great option.

To achieve the best results with weed killers it is always advisable to apply them whilst weeds are actively growing. I like to give them a blast early spring and then finish off any survivors with another spray in mid-summer. Targeting the weeds while they are growing will make the roots suck the weed killer up and transfer it to the root of the weed, allowing for much better weed killing.

Weed Burners

Weed burners are a rather novel way of removing weeds for many people. They come in two forms, electric or gas-powered. The electric ones can quite often take a while to get up to temperature and also can take a while to burn the weed. So don’t expect to quickly tackle a full driveway with an electric weed burner. For larger areas, we would definitely recommend a gas burner. Again this comes with its own caveats though. Many of the smaller cheaper burners that come with an attached camping gas cylinder are not as powerful as their larger brothers, again making them unsuitable for large drives. For larger areas, we would suggest a proper burner with a trolly to carry a gas canister. These are great if you have a large drive and don’t want to use poisonous chemicals.

Removal Tools

There are numerous specially designed hand tools available to help you remove weeds from block paving. Normally designed as small scrapers they allow you to efficiently get into the gaps between pavers and pull up those weeds. They are a great method of removing weeds in an environmentally friendly way. However they obviously have their drawbacks, it is very tedious to clear a full driveway this way, not to mention bad on the back and knees! However, if you follow the little and often mantra they can be a very useful tool to defeat those driveway weeds.

Electric Weeding Machine

I have to be honest, I had never heard of these until I did some research for this article. But after reading up on them I can see the appeal, particularly for older users who may not be able to bend down easily to manually remove weeds. essentially this machine is a rotating wire brush with a long handle that helps to pick up weeds and sweep them out of cracks.

Jet Washer

A popular two for one! Clean your drive and blast away the weeds at the same time. This is a very laborious process so its not recommended to do this regularly. However a good jetwash once or twice a year followed by a re-sand of the cracks will keep away most weeds.

Elbow Grease

The good old fashioned method. Get down on your hands and knees and pull those suckers out manually. Unarguably the most environmentally friendly way of removing weeds. However, this is very time (and back) consuming. Not really a realistic approach for many people.

Really Useful
Telescopic Patio Weeder

Remove weeds from your patio with ease with the telescopic patio weeder. Eliminating the need to bend down and move around your hard patio environment, this tool extends from 70cm up to 100cm. Both the blade and handle are made from lightweight powder-coated steel, and the handle also has a soft grip foam handle for comfort.

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Removing weeds from block paving step by step

Step 1

Use one of the methods above to remove the weeds, a weed burner is my favourite (who doesn’t love burning weeds?)

Step 2

Fill the gaps between pavers using sans. this helps to put down a barrier which can prevent the weeds from coming back. This is not a permanent solution but even if it buys you just one year of a weed-free driveway it’s surely worth it.

Step 3

Seal the pavers.

  1. Clean the paving and joints using a pressure washer or brush thoroughly with water
  2. Let your pavers dry
  3. Remove any remaining loose dirt or weeds using a broom or something similar
  4. Add sand to the freshly cleaned joints
  5. Brush off all excess sand
  6. add sealer either by roller or spray
My Favourite Products

On the lookout for some new gardening gear? I have listed some of my favourite gardening products below, each one has been tried and tested by myself.

Fiskars Xact Weed Puller
5.0
£40.11
Pros:
  • Makes pulling weeds easy
  • High-quality feeling tool
  • works on dandelions, nettles and grass
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Can take quite a bit of soil with the weed
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Gas Weed Burner + 4 Cannisters of Butane
£18.30

Kill weeds without the need for toxic chemicals, this weed burner blasts the plants with intensive heat that instantly destroys the weeds' internal cell structures causing them to wither and die within 1-2 days.

Pros:
  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Strong Burning Power
Cons:
  • Need to Keep Buying Gas
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Burgon & Ball RHS Stainless Hand Trowel
  • Wide, deep dish for maximum load.
  • Tang (neck) is precision forged to the optimal angle for ergonomic working.
  • RHS endorsed
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STANLEY FATMAX 31" (77cm) Sync Drive Geared Bypass Lopper
  • Forged steel blade with titanium carbo-nitrade (TICN) coating provides strength and retains sharpness
  • Oversized ergonomic control grip
  • Sync drive technology creates More cutting force with reduced effort
  • Shock absorbing bumpers


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Mary Heath

Friday 18th of June 2021

Thanks for your advice. I have bought a weed burner but it is very laborious and it leaves the residue of weeds and the roots of many, so I have been thinking of buying an electric weed remover to use afterwards. Then I shall have to use some sand to fill some of the joints and finally a sealer.