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How Do I Stop Weeds From Growing Between Pavers?

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When it comes to installing pavers, one common and frustrating issue that many homeowners face is dealing with unsightly and persistent weeds that insist on growing between pavers. In this article, we will explore various effective methods and strategies to stop and eliminate these pesky weeds from growing, ensuring that your paved areas remain clean, well-maintained, and ultimately weed-free.

Understanding the Problem

Weeds between pavers are a common problem, especially in areas with clay soil. When installing pavers, there are two primary methods – using a geotextile mat or a concrete base. The choice often depends on drainage and structural considerations. Let’s explore both options and how they help control weed growth.

Using a Geotextile Mat

The traditional method involves laying a 140 Mirafi geotextile mat between the soil and the pavers’ base. This mat acts as a barrier, preventing weed growth from below. Once the pavers are in place, the top layer is filled with polymeric sand, which further hinders weed growth. This method is effective and environmentally friendly.

Concrete Base as a Weed Barrier

In some cases, a concrete base may be used instead of a geotextile mat. The concrete acts as a robust separation barrier between the soil and the pavers. This method is highly effective in controlling weed growth, especially when combined with polymeric sand.

Preventing Weed Growth

Prevention is key if you want to stop weeds from growing between pavers. Here are some practical steps you can take:

Regular Weeding

The simplest and most effective way to prevent weed growth is by regularly pulling them out manually. While it may be tempting to use weed killers, it’s best to avoid chemicals unless you’re certain they won’t harm your pavers. Consider doing a small test in an inconspicuous area before using any chemical weed control products.

Proper Installation

Ensuring that your pavers are installed correctly, with a geotextile mat or a concrete base, is the first line of defense against weed intrusion. A well-installed paver surface with the right barrier underneath will naturally resist weed growth.

Polymeric Sand

Using polymeric sand in the gaps between your pavers is another effective preventive measure. This special sand hardens when it comes into contact with water, forming a solid surface that discourages weed growth. Regular maintenance may be required to replenish the sand over time.

Eliminating Weeds

If weeds have already taken hold between your pavers, it’s essential to address the issue promptly. Here’s how you can eliminate them:

Hand Removal

As mentioned earlier, manually pulling weeds is an effective way to eliminate them. Ensure that you remove the entire root system to prevent regrowth. It’s a simple but labor-intensive process that can yield excellent results.

Boiling Water

Pouring boiling water on weeds can be an eco-friendly and budget-friendly way to kill them. This method is particularly useful for small-scale weed problems.

Vinegar Solution

A mixture of vinegar and water can be an effective weed killer. Simply spray the solution directly onto the weeds. Be cautious when using vinegar around desirable plants, as it can harm them too.


In conclusion , managing weeds growing between pavers requires a combination of strategic installation, consistent upkeep, and employing efficient techniques such as geotextile mats, concrete bases, and polymeric sand. Remember that pulling weeds manually is often the safest and most reliable option.

If you find yourself struggling with persistent weed issues or need professional assistance with paver installation or maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you enjoy a weed-free, beautiful paved area that enhances the aesthetics and functionality of your outdoor space.

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