When it comes to landscaping, many people agree that interlocking brick driveways are aesthetically pleasing options for driveways, and are usually easy to maintain as well. This explains their popularity in many parts of the country. One of the common problems people encounter with these driveways is dealing with weeds. These usually grow between the interlocking bricks, particularly if the driveway is aging and the mortar holding the bricks together is falling apart. When left in this state, the driveway could become an eyesore, particularly if the weeds grow noticeably tall. There are easy methods to get rid of the weeds, including:
Using plain salt
Many people find that pouring plain salt between the bricks will deter the growth of any plants in the area. Part of the reason for this is that salt is highly hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs water from the surrounding soil and makes it less suitable for plant growth. The frequency of doing this should be customized; you may need to experiment for some time before finding the ideal duration of time before you can apply more salt between the bricks for long-term weed growth prevention.
Using fine sand
It has also been found that the use of fine sand can inhibit the growth of weeds between the bricks. However, this is a technical procedure and there are steps to follow. First, one would need to get fine sand, such as the Magic Sand brand which can be found in many hardware stores across the countries. You can also buy some of it online. The sand is spread on the bricks, and then brushed so that it accumulates in the area between each brick. The sand is then wet using a hose which produces a fine mist, rather than torrential water. This makes it harden after some time, making it difficult for plants to grow between the bricks. This is a perfect method of weed growth prevention since its effects last long.
Using full-strength vinegar
The use of full-strength vinegar to prevent weed growth is a cheap yet effective method of controlling the presence of weeds in the long term. Fortunately, this product is easy to find, and all you have to do is to pour it in the area between the bricks where the weeds grow. With time, they will wilt and die, and it will take a long time for them to grow again. This prevents the need for frequent weeding of the driveway.
Have the driveway sealed
By far, the most effective way to prevent weed growth for the long term is by simply having the driveway sealed after interlock installation. By sealing the bricks, air and water are prevented from penetrating the surface of the driveway. Since plants need these elements in order to grow, the presence of the sealant ensures no plant growth at all. For best results, high quality sealant has to be used, and the correct skill has to be applied as well. This means that you have to consult a high-quality contractor for both the installation and sealing of the driveway.
Depending on various factors such as the rate of wear and environmental factors, pavement sealants may degrade over time. Your contractor should provide you with detailed information regarding the expected rate of degradation, so that you can know when to reseal the driveway. Typically, it takes years before this is necessary, particularly if high quality products and skill are used in the installation.
These are just a few of the methods of weed growth prevention you can use for your interlocking brick driveway. You can always rely on an experienced contractor to give you more information regarding this, so that you don’t have to keep removing the weeds on a regular basis.