Robin Johnson
Robin Johnson
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Asked on Jul 31, 2013

Weeds growing in gravel drive

Vickie RaboldRobin JohnsonWhite Oak Studio Designs
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My drive has weeds growing in it. I have sprayed with round up. And also used boiling water. They die and then come right back a couple of weeks later. They are taking over the entire driveway. What can I do to keep them away for good?
10 answers
  • Becca Frierson
    on Jul 31, 2013

    I would use a grass and weed killer which is a like a ground killer .. if it is a ground killer nothing will grow there for several years... the best time to spray is when it is warm and don't spray it before it might rain cause it could spread across the ground and kill somethings you didn't wanna kill ... spray it when the wind is dead ... so it won't blow and drift onto other stuff that you don't wanna kill. I have also used vinegar, it may come back... I have also used ice cream salt .. you can either make a water mixture of it and spray it ... or put the salt down on it and spinkle water it in .. good luck ..

  • Robin Johnson
    on Jul 31, 2013

    I used round up. Isn't that a weed and grass killer?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 31, 2013

    A weed torch is a very satisfying way to deal with weeds in a driveway. http://www.flameengineering.com/Weed_Dragon.html

  • Peg
    on Jul 31, 2013

    Using a stronger product than Roundup may help. Try a Total Vegetation killer. Ortho, Bonide and Bayer make some very good ones.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 31, 2013

    I like @Douglas Hunt 's solution best, fewer bees killed with that method.

  • Becca Frierson
    on Aug 4, 2013

    the strength of roundup we can buy in stores isn't that strong ... now the chemical that farmers use WILL work ..but you have to have a license to buy ... You will need to spray it a second maybe a third time before you can completely get rid of it. but try products that Peg suggested .. you WILL get better results.

  • Meg
    on Aug 4, 2013

    After your driveway is weed free, generously spreading baking soda over the entire area. Hopefully it will change the PH to a level that doesn't support weed growth. I am just trying this approach for the first time. I did attack with Round-up first.

  • White Oak Studio Designs
    on Aug 4, 2013

    I have a gravel drive way. I deal the weeds by pulling them out by hand. Any amount of Roundup is detrimental and enters our groundwater system. I begin by watering the near by garden and the drive way one section at a time. Or wait for a soaking rain. I then pull and dig out the weeds. Most of the weeds are gone from that season. Staying on top of it is the key.

  • Robin Johnson
    on Aug 11, 2013

    If I was to spend several hours a day pulling these weeds I would no more then get done and they would be back. They are very small and they are everywhere! So far it seems like every time I sit and pull them out of one spot they come back ten fold! So I think spraying or burning and maybe the baking soda may be the answer! I will look them up to see what they are. Thanks everyone!

  • Vickie Rabold
    on Aug 11, 2013

    Pulling weeds out from the gravel driveway? Ouch, your poor knees must really hurt from the gravel, huh???

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