By Berangaria Bazin. stones. Published at Monday, January 28th, 2019 - 23:00:19 PM.
And then there is the ’corn-gluten’ method. This corn-gluten meal is sold in some garden supply stores. A totally natural method which will stop plants from germinating between your paving stones. It is applied well before the seeds are seriously thinking of starting their life in the spring. Spread it evenly into the spaces and trust that the weather stays dry for a few days after application or you may have to repeat.
The installation of black plastic or better yet Landscape Fabric, a geotextile for weed control can be used. Weed control fabrics are porous and their permeability allows good drainage. This fabric is used around flower and tree plantings. It is just as useful under paving stones. Under the stones it will help, perhaps not a hundred percent. Dirt and weed seed accumulation in the cracks over all seasons might have you on your knees again.
This half-moon lawn edger is of course long handled so that all the work is done standing up instead of kneeling or bent over double. While cleaning up between stones of course I also edged along the grass side so that now we can see where grass is meant to be and where stones take over. This method is possible for a quite small area. I certainly wouldn’t want to do it for a paved patio or long walkway.
There are various methods advocated by other gardeners. I have tried the vinegar method. Either I didn’t do it correctly or the vinegar wasn’t strong enough. I did discover that the 5 % household vinegar will not work well. There are stronger vinegars, a hunting job to find them. But those who liked it obviously have success. I imagine one might go through a lot of vinegar.
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