How to effectively deal with the problem of weeds and moss on paved surfaces?

As spring or summer come, the joy of carefully made driveways, paths and alleyways can be easily interrupted by unwanted guests. Weeds, moss and grass are exceptionally burdensome residents of land properties, which many of us try to get rid of in numerous ways. Karol Umiński, the chief technologist at Polbruk, provides suggestions pertaining to how to effectively tackle the problem of weeds and moss in your own backyard.

A sore point of paved surfaces are joints between the individual paving stones or slabs. Most often they are filled with washed sand or other fine aggregate. “This method is relatively simple and inexpensive. However, it is also conducive to the emergence of weeds which, after rooting in the surface, overcome the layer of loose material with no major obstacles. The best conditions for their growth prevail in damp and shady places, for example, on the north side of the property or nearby ponds and other reservoirs. That's why these places are particularly susceptible to the problem of weed infestation,” explains Karol Umiński from Polbruk company. So how can you fight oppressive vegetation?

Decisively and cunningly!

The basic method of fighting it is, of course, manual removal, most often using popular tools available in garden shops. In order to save time and energy, it is worth searching for other solutions. “Remember that mosses and deposits can often be removed using an ordinary pressure washer,” the expert points out.

Due to the fact that manual removal rarely results in complete removal of the plant together with the root, to improve and strengthen the cleaning effect special chemical agents are used. “Apart from the right selection of the preparation, its proper distribution, preferably using a precision dispenser, is very important. Before starting spraying, it is good to test it on a small area, which will allow to ensure that the agent does not cause discoloration of the paving stone,” advises Karol Umiński from Polbruk company and adds: “It should also be remembered that previous covering of the paving stone with a special impregnate will ensure additional protection both against possible discoloration and overgrowth of surface with moss or lichen.”

Prevent rather than cure?

Troublesome weed infestation of gaps may also be prevented by other means, for example by replacing the grout made of aggregate with a special mortar or epoxy grout for repointing of paving stones. “Such a solution is not susceptible to overgrowing and flushing of material, and additionally strengthens the bonding of paving stones. On the other hand, in the case of aggregate filling, it is worth, even preventively, to spray the gaps in early spring using a proper agent, especially in places particularly susceptible to weeding,” says expert from Polbruk company.

All cleaning and protection works should be conducted in such a manner so as not to damage the paving stones while using tools and chemical agents. Armed with the knowledge and practical expert advice, you will effectively deal with the problem of unwanted vegetation on driveways, paths or lanes for sure.

A sore point of paved surfaces are joints between the individual paving stones or slabs. Most often they are filled with washed sand or other fine aggregate. “This method is relatively simple and inexpensive. However, it is also conducive to the emergence of weeds which, after rooting in the surface, overcome the layer of loose material with no major obstacles. The best conditions for their growth prevail in damp and shady places, for example, on the north side of the property or nearby ponds and other reservoirs. That's why these places are particularly susceptible to the problem of weed infestation,” explains Karol Umiński from Polbruk company. So how can you fight oppressive vegetation?

Decisively and cunningly!

The basic method of fighting it is, of course, manual removal, most often using popular tools available in garden shops. In order to save time and energy, it is worth searching for other solutions. “Remember that mosses and deposits can often be removed using an ordinary pressure washer,” the expert points out.

Due to the fact that manual removal rarely results in complete removal of the plant together with the root, to improve and strengthen the cleaning effect special chemical agents are used. “Apart from the right selection of the preparation, its proper distribution, preferably using a precision dispenser, is very important. Before starting spraying, it is good to test it on a small area, which will allow to ensure that the agent does not cause discoloration of the paving stone,” advises Karol Umiński from Polbruk company and adds: “It should also be remembered that previous covering of the paving stone with a special impregnate will ensure additional protection both against possible discoloration and overgrowth of surface with moss or lichen.”

Prevent rather than cure?

Troublesome weed infestation of gaps may also be prevented by other means, for example by replacing the grout made of aggregate with a special mortar or epoxy grout for repointing of paving stones. “Such a solution is not susceptible to overgrowing and flushing of material, and additionally strengthens the bonding of paving stones. On the other hand, in the case of aggregate filling, it is worth, even preventively, to spray the gaps in early spring using a proper agent, especially in places particularly susceptible to weeding,” says expert from Polbruk company.

All cleaning and protection works should be conducted in such a manner so as not to damage the paving stones while using tools and chemical agents. Armed with the knowledge and practical expert advice, you will effectively deal with the problem of unwanted vegetation on driveways, paths or lanes for sure.