I have lots of weeds growing in between my brick driveway & walkway. Is there an easy & cheap way to get rid of them? I've tried spraying them with commercial stuff but that doesn't seem to work. Plus I have arthritis so it's difficult to constantly pull the trigger. Any ideas? Thanks everyone !..........Madeline

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  • Bevy Bevy on May 05, 2020

    Pour bleach in as big of a watering can that you can handle and (dilute if you wish) make sure you cover yourself or wear all white and pour over your weeds. Let it sink in and rinse in real good. Repeat every other day and/or as needed!!!

  • Marilyn Christensen Marilyn Christensen on May 05, 2020

    The large extended use Round-up worked well for me. If you are generous with the spray it works to prevent weeds. It has a sprayer than works on a battery--just hold down the button.

  • Get yourself a 1 or 2 gallon pump sprayer, much easier. I just use plain old white vinegar in a pump sprayer. Have many pets and will not use any chemicals.

    Or if all else fails, just place in a small pitcher to make it easier to pour. Be generous. Works best in direct sunlight. Will work in shade as well, just takes longer. I don't use any salt as it is too corosive gime.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 05, 2020

    This DIY works pretty good:

    2 cups white vinegar

    ¼ cup salt

    Squirt of dawn

    Mix in a spray bottle. If you have a larger area, you can mix in a garden sprayer with larger quantities. Use when it will not be raining for a few hours so that it isn’t washed away.

    Also, if you put in a sprayer that you pump, you can just lock the sprayer in place and it will continue to spray.

    If you have a Tractor Supply nearby, you might invest in their weed killer. It works for the entire year. Much better than round up or cornerstone, which is what we used on our farm until finding their product.

    Another tip is that if you are buying the kind you mix, most people put more weed killer than called for which lessens the effectiveness. It's the most common mistake in the U.S., according to my earth science professor about 8 years ago.

  • Round Up is super bad for the environment, people, and animals. See if you can find a more natural one like Natura and like Naomie said, try a pump sprayer or pitcher. Regardless, none of these work well, you have to keep applying.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 05, 2020

    The Roundup will kill the weeds, but it is a toxic chemical that will wash down into the soil and the runoff. The decomposing plants will break down and release the Roundup that has been taken up into them from the roots and the above ground part, this will find it's way to the streams, rivers, and lakes, contaminating the drinking water. White vinegar will do the same thing without any toxic chemicals.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 05, 2020

    The only safe, permanent method I have found is to dig them out. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Deb K Deb K on May 05, 2020

    Hi Madeline, hope this helps you out, also, it uses a pump sprayer so you don't have to use a trigger,


  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on May 05, 2020

    Hi Madeline, sorry you suffer with arthritis, very painful. I take our lightweight weed eater and turn it sideways, takes the weeds right out. You can also pour boiling water over the cracks and the weeds will die. Good luck.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 05, 2020

    Hello. I understand your situation it could be a chronic war with weed to get rid of them.

    Without a photo it’s hard to say exactly what would be the best solution.

    if it’s a small area or crack to be addressed, I’m wondering if there’s a way to put down some polymetric sand to help seal out in a grout fashion that will not accommodate the weeds

  • William William on May 06, 2020

    For paver/stone/gravel patios

    I use one cup of vinegar, one cup of salt to two gallons water in a garden sprayer. Saturate the weeds till dripping. Do not use on lawn or in garden. Will kill everything. Boiling water on weeds in lawn and garden.

  • Hi Madeline - The struggle is real, isn't it?!? This is the most effective all-natural weed killer DIY that we use. It's even been featured on Hometalk and pinned thousands of times! Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly


    PS - We have a FREE eBook with recipes for all of my homemade and all-natural cleaners. You can download it here --> https://pinkfortitude.com/thank#GreenClean

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on May 07, 2020

    Here's a useful article about common weeds and how to deal with them https://www.hometalk.com/43359878/common-weeds-and-how-to-eliminate-them

  • Annie Annie on May 27, 2020

    This recipe will work for you and it is super cheap.


  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2021

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/510103095297573810/ this will help for sure

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