How to remove weeds from paving fast without vinegar or chemicals

Weeds do a fantastic job of spoiling the look of your patio and gravelled areas, just like gardeners will find with moss.

Gardening enthusiasts have shared so many hacks to remove weeds, however, there is potential that the chemicals can damage the ecosystem in your garden, patio, or your favourite plants.

One often recommended trick is to spray white vinegar to remove weeds, however, patio expert at Armstrong Cheshire Simon Wardle warned: “This is not always advisable, as the acid can damage the surface of the stones, particularly limestone or concrete pavers, as well as being harmful to wildlife and plants.”

Instead, Simon has recommended a handy trick that is perfect for a nation of hot drink lovers – to use boiling water from your kettle as the “perfect solution”.

No matter whether you’ve got mature or newly formed weeds, the expert guarantees that this handy hack “will remove unsightly weeds from your patio this summer – for free”. 

Simon explained: “This targeted method not only means your patio will end up weed-free, but it ensures there’s no damage to your patio, or the environment, as there is no leftover residue left around.

“You should start to see results in minutes as the boiling water breaks down the weed – with full results in hours.”

To carry out this hack, start by filling your kettle with water and let it boil completely.

Carefully carry your closed kettle to the patio and as close to the weeds as you can and use the spout to aim directly, slowly drenching the weed fully.

Simon instructed gardeners to “wait for the magic to happen” as results appear “in minutes”. Make sure to repeat at the earliest sign of any future weeds.

So why is this hack so effective? Well, the hot water “scalds the weeds by killing the leaves” which is what gathers light to help the weeds grow and remain strong.

The expert added that the hot water can get into any cracks helping to dislodge and stun the taproot.

While this method is effective on patio, driveway and gravel weeds, there are two areas to never use boiling water on.

Simon urged gardeners to avoid using boiling water on lawn weeds as it “will kill” it. The high temperature often removes protective layers on the leaves and can even affect their roots with repeated exposure.

Gardeners also need to avoid pouring the solution on weeds near their garden plants. Hot water can damage the portions of other plants that it comes into contact with, especially when they’re still young.

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