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Keep your stone paver weed-free

    One of the biggest problems with stone pavers is weeds. To keep your stone pavers weed free, here are some easy and effective organic techniques.

    A mixture of vinegar and clove oil is very effective in removing weeds. To prepare, take a container of 5 litre capacity, and mix 600 ml clove oil with 2.5 litre of 20% strong vinegar. Fill the rest of the container with clean water. Mix the solution so that it becomes homogenous. To use, take around 1 litre of solution in a garden sprayer and spray at the roots of the weeds. The strong active elements in the solution burn and kill the weeds. This will ensure that your stone driveway is free of weeds for several months.

    Before you use the organic solution, conduct a spot test to ensure that the vinegar does not bleach the stone paver. Spray diluted vinegar on an inconspicuous 2’ x 2’ patch on your stone paver. Wait for a few hours and check for any discolouration. If you don’t see any difference on the paver, you can do ahead with the treatment.

    For effective weed removal, you should use the pellet form of Calcium chloride or rock salt. Sprinkle the salt of calcium chloride granules on the soil where weeds grow. Once done, spray water on the pellets using a garden sprayer and avoid flooding the area. You need to repeat spraying water on three consecutive days if the weather is very dry and on three alternate days if the humidity is high.

    If you plan to use readymade weed removal agents, make sure that they are non-toxic. This safety measure is very essential if you have kids or pets at home. With a bit of effort, you can maintain the beauty of your stone patio, paver driveway, or interlocking walkway. If you prefer the expertise of a professional landscaper, contact GTA Landscaping and we’ll help you maintain your outdoor living space. ◆

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