Asked on Mar 15, 2017

How to kill weeds that pop up through decorative rock beds and patio?

by Caa21056765
I think I have tried all sprays and I can't find anything that I can spray and will kill all those stray weeds that pop up in my landscape rock and I don't have the time or money to pull it all up and put new weed barrier
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 15, 2017

    Providing there are no plants around try making a solution of white vinegar and water 50/50 add salt and dawn soap in a spray bottle.

  • William William on Mar 15, 2017

    I dissolve rock salt in a garden sprayer. Fill a sock with rock salt, suspend in the sprayer filled with water until it dissolves. Spray the rock bed with the mixture till it saturated. Did this on a gravel walk on the side of my house two years ago and weeds haven't come back. Will see what happens this year. WARNING: It will kill everything.

  • Virginia Prestridge Virginia Prestridge on Mar 15, 2017

    boiling water will kill them

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    • Kathy Ruth Kathy Ruth on Mar 18, 2017

      Even Round-Up (PLEASE don't use that!) will kill things forever--even tough it claims to!

      Use one of the above remedies on a sunny day and do it every time you see some popping up. Eventually they will pop up less often, which is a help.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 16, 2017

    Epson salt dissolved in apple cider vinegar. Check it out!

  • Virginia Prestridge Virginia Prestridge on Mar 16, 2017


  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 16, 2017

    My husband used straight white vinegar in a garden sprayer he purchased at HF. In a day or two the vinegar and the strong sunlight killed the weeds including the ones growing around our brick edging. The white vinegar doesn't kill the wildlife or make them sick (bunnies and our precious pup) or harm the paint on the house when spraying up close.

  • Lif20853190 Lif20853190 on Mar 17, 2017

    These are all very good ideas, having numerous pets in our backyard we are always seeking eco-friendly/pet-safe, and safe for humans methods. We have a brick patio and it's a constant hassle to keep up with the weed issue, weeds grow between the bricks- and we can't use anything with chemicals. Through I think it was "Carol Wright" or one of those small, color, glossy magazines that always have items for older folks and has just about everything in it, I found a weed torch. It can be used to melt ice on outdoor steps and on sidewalks in winter, too. It is basically an extension "wand" that has a trigger towards the top and you attach a small propane cylinder to it and you just pull the trigger and burn those weeds away and then just sweep the ashes away. It's something that I have never seen or heard of before but it's awesome. The cylinder is like the kind you would use for a small blow torch and cost us $3 something at Home Depot. Our patio is very large and we only use 3/4 of a cylinder for the entire patio. Anyway, this was a very long post, I apologize, but the torch is really fast & easy and I just thought I'd share a very different idea that is safe and eco-smart.

    • Kathy Ruth Kathy Ruth on Mar 18, 2017

      I want one of those for the spiky weeds that come up in our grass. The dogs are always outside so I hate using chemicals!

  • Lif20853190 Lif20853190 on Mar 18, 2017

     This is what it looks like (sorry so small) & they have it on "" for the same price I paid, around $35. and trust me,'s worth it.