Those pesky weeds and that dingy looking mold can be very unsightly to see. Fortunately, keeping them away will be easier than ever after your pavers are sealed and you have hardened sand in your joints.To keep weeds away just keep all organic material off the patio. We’re referring to organic material such as mulch that washes on to the patio, leaves, grass clippings, twigs, flower buds, etc. This organic material decomposes and turns in to food thats crucial for vegetation to germinate and thrive. Organic material also shields the sand joints from the sun keeping the environment moist and vegetation loves moist environments.
Please watch this video that explains why you have weeds to begin with:
Here are 3 things you can do now to eliminate any existing weeds or mold:
- If you’re spotting weeds after only a week or two after our process, it’s likely that during our cleaning process there were a few weeds that survived the high heat cleaning and you’re seeing a couple of them sprout up. This is very common. If you’re experiencing this, we suggest spraying these weeds with a weed killer.
- Spraying any weeds that happen to germinate is our recommended solution. If you catch them early enough, you can pull them, just try not to damage the sand joint.
- If you’re experiencing mold or algae, we suggest following the DIY Aftercare instructions that we had emailed you upon completion of your project. Specifically the instructions for applying cleaning strength white vinegar. Here’s a link to these instructions. Keep in mind that we suggest following the instructions in this guide at least once every 4 weeks: bit.ly/diy-aftercare
Here is the #1 thing you can do to minimize future weeds from coming back:
- Following our DIY Aftercare Guide (https://bit.ly/diy-aftercare) is your best recourse for minimizing weed and mold growth. Please watch the video above which explains why you have weeds to begin with.
FAQ: I thought your process is supposed to prevent weeds from growing? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Our process can help keep weeds away because it makes it easier to keep organic material off your pavers. It’s the ‘keeping the organic material off your patio’ part that keeps weeds away. Your estimate says it best:
“This process is not capable of preventing weed or mold growth in pavers. Nor is any other process or product. Only adequate maintenance will prevent weed growth. This process will, however, make this maintenance easier by hardening the sand in the joints so that the sand doesn’t wash away when you clean your pavers. Weeds grow from seedlings that blow on the pavers.
These microscopic seeds travel through the air and can land on top of the paver joint sand, and if the conditions are right (temperature, moisture, shade, etc) these seedlings can take root from above and the root will make its way down in to the joint sand. This process is known as germination. The only way to prevent/minimize this from happening is to keep the seedlings blown off your pavers and frequently rinse off the organic material from your paver joints. We suggest performing this maintenance at a minimum of once per month.“
➡️ The above statement came from this document that was included with your estimate: https://bit.ly/what-to-expect-3
It’s important to understand that weeds are a result of site conditions, as explained in the video above ‘Why do my pavers have weeds‘. Properly installed pavers will have minimal issues with weeds. In almost every case, there is a moisture issue when weeds are present. This can be moisture issues due to inadequate slope on the surface of the pavers (minimum of 1/4″ of slope per 1’ of patio is required for adequate drainage), inadequate slope on the subsurface (beneath the pavers – think where does the water go when it goes down through the pavers), landscape beds or lawn mounded too high preventing water from escaping the patio, pavers installed directly over concrete without drainage provisions made in the concrete to allow water that goes through the pavers to escape, or too much shade.
Have you considered our Aftercare program? If you sign up for our Full Service Aftercare program, we can help keep your pavers looking great so you don’t have to. Upon the completion of your project, we emailed you an estimate for our Aftercare Service.