The summer is nearly here and you step out on your patio for a relaxing afternoon in the sun only to see dandelions lining your brick patio.
It’s the same story every year, you take out your weed cutter and spend an hour chopping off the pesky weeds only to have them grow back in just a few days. Before you resort to extreme measures such as ripping apart your patio brick by brick or taking a blow torch to the little yellow flowers there are a few things you can try.
Please note that these tips will be most effective if the weeds haven’t flowered completely yet and have yet to seed. Another tip to note is that you should cover any plants or flowers surrounding the patio, use either a piece of cardboard or plexiglass to do the job.
The first thing to try is boiling water. Much like you would effectively “kill” any vegetable, boiling water will work just as well on weeds. Bring a kettle of water to a boil, if you do not have a kettle you can use a regular pot only it will be more difficult to pour the water between the patio bricks. While you are waiting for the water to boil use this time to cut the weeds to their crowns. Once your water is boiling pour it over the crowns being careful not to splash the water on any surrounding plants or flowers as this will effectively scald them and potentially kill them as well. Give it a few minutes and now all that remains is to pick up the pieces and throw them away. This should take care of your weed problem for a few months, but to be precautions perform this task once every couple of weeks to reduce the chance of any remaining seeds from growing.
If your dandelions are more dandelions and refuse to go away after being scalded with boiling water it’s time to bring out the big guns. Purchase a bottle of 10% vinegar at your local grocery store. Note that the average household vinegar is only 5% which will not be very effective for the task at hand. You will find the 10% vinegar in the canning and pickling section. Repeat the same process as above being very careful not to accidentally splash any in your eyes or skin as it is very potent (wearing gloves and eye glasses is a recommended precaution).
All that’s left to do now is to sit back in your patio chair sipping lemonade and enjoy your weed free patio.