How to grow grass between pavers

By: Kimberly Johnson

21 September, 2017

Pavers are commonly used to create patio flooring areas as well as to construct walkways and driveways. Instead of laying the pavers directly against one other, you can leave some space between them for growing grass. The dwarf variety of mondo grass is a good option for planting between pavers because it only reaches 2 to 4 inches high. In addition, mondo grass grows well in both shady and sunny areas.

Dig up the top 3 inches of soil in between the pavers using a hand spade or garden fork. Discard the soil in another area of the yard or place it into a compost pile.

Spread 3 inches of compost in the area between the pavers and smooth it out with the hand spade, recommends Augusta Chronicle.

  • Pavers are commonly used to create patio flooring areas as well as to construct walkways and driveways.
  • The dwarf variety of mondo grass is a good option for planting between pavers because it only reaches 2 to 4 inches high.

Place a level on top of the ground and add additional compost to level the surface of the ground out until it is smooth and even with no dips. If you leave any dips, rainwater will collect in them and create mud holes.

Pick up a clump of mondo grass, such as from a purchased pot, and separate it into 50 to 100 small plugs. The grass spreads rapidly, so the plugs only require about four blades each.

Dig a hole large enough for one mondo grass plug, approximately 1 inch deep. Insert the roots of the plug into the hole and fill in the hole with soil. Repeat to plant additional plugs between the pavers, spacing each plug 6 to 8 inches apart.

  • Place a level on top of the ground and add additional compost to level the surface of the ground out until it is smooth and even with no dips.
  • Pick up a clump of mondo grass, such as from a purchased pot, and separate it into 50 to 100 small plugs.

Water the area thoroughly until the soil between the pavers is completely moist.

Fertilize the mondo grass with a granular 5-10-15 fertilizer once a month. To encourage growth you can also apply a liquid fertilizer once a month for the first six months.

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Placing plants between pavers adds texture, color and interest to a garden path or driveway. The best plants for filling in a path are those that grow low to the ground and naturally spread via underground runners. The plants should also spread slowly to avoid becoming invasive or weedy. Mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus) is an eye-catching plant that meets these requirements. The Nigrescens cultivar, known as black mondo grass, is especially attractive, with grasslike leaves that start out green but mature to black. Once planted, mondo grass requires only a little maintenance to grow well between your pavers.

Use the trowel to dig holes in the area around your pavers for the mondo grass. The holes should be spaced eight to 10 inches apart and be as deep as and at least 2 inches wider than the pots your mondo grass starts are in. Add 1 cup of compost to each hole to provide nutrients for your new plants.

Remove the mondo grass starts from their pots. If the starts don’t come out easily, squeeze the outside of the pots to loosen the soil. Then, hold the pot in one hand while placing your other hand over the foliage. Tip the pot and lightly tug on the plant until it comes out.

Use your hand to gently loosen the roots of the mondo grass starts from their potting soil and then place one plant in each hole you dug. Loosening the roots helps the plants establish themselves and spread faster after planting.

Fill the remaining room in the hole with the soil you dug out or with extra potting soil that fell off your starts. Once you’ve planted all the starts, water the area thoroughly.

Water the mondo grass often enough to keep the soil moist but not wet. Although mondo grass prefers moist soil, it can tolerate some drought.

Fertilize your mondo grass in early spring with a balanced fertilizer or by mulching around your mondo grass with compost. If using fertilizer, follow the package directions regarding how much to apply.

Trim your mondo grass with grass clippers to keep the blades off your pavers as the plants grow. For a formal look, trim the blades even with the edges of your pavers. For a more casual appearance, allow about 1 inch of the blades to arch over the edge of your pavers.

What’s growing between your pavers: weeds, moss, even tiny trees? If you answer “all of the above,” you’re in the same boat as I was until recently. Seemed like my patio was more vegetation than bricks and I wanted to fix it … fast.

How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

Impatient though I was, I took time to research weed removal methods and choose the best. Read how I got rid of all the weeds between my pavers, the easy, green way.

Methods I rejected

As a home and garden writer, I’m amazed at the plethora of online tips and tricks to solve problems from eliminating weeds between pavers to using up a bumper crop of cucumbers. While some come from reliable sources, I’m pretty sure many recommendations – whether dangerous, ineffective, or wildly expensive in proportion to the problem they promise to solve — have never actually been tested by the folks who promote them.

So I turned the tables and rather than recommend methods of getting rid of weeds between pavers without trying them, I rejected certain methods without trying them. You’ll see my logic in a minute.

    Salt. Applying salt to weeds between pavers sounds green and simple. However, heavy rainfalls have a way of spreading this substance from paved areas to the surrounding soil. And Gardening 101 says salt kills all vegetation, not just the kind you don’t want.

Baking soda. For many bloggers, baking soda is a magic cure-all. Why do they suggest using this product to kill weeds? Why, because of its sodium (salt) content, of course. Point 1 explains why salt is a bad thing for your landscape.

Bleach. See above, but even more so. Bleach is harmful not only to nearby soil and plants but also to the pavers themselves. Why risk discoloring your patio, path, or driveway with bleach when the whole point is to make it look better?

Vinegar. While a vinegar spray will indeed burn weed leaves, it will burn the leaves of every plant it comes in contact with, including your beautiful begonias. What it won’t do: kill weed roots, meaning soon you’ll have the problem all over again. Be aware, too, that vinegar’s acidity will lower the pH level of garden soil.

Hand pulling. Here’s a method that is safe for both pavers and the environment. Unfortunately, my back and knees voted “No” to this one.

Blowtorching. Since I’ve grown to truly hate those weeds between my pavers, burning them out is fiendishly appealing. Bwahaha! Unfortunately, I don’t own a blowtorch, and anyway I have a sneaky feeling that my condo committee wouldn’t approve.

  • Herbicide. Commercial herbicides tend to be very effective at killing weeds, but with two caveats. First, they don’t kill weed seeds, so before you know it, you may have a new crop of unwanted vegetation. Second, their runoff is hazardous to the plants you do want.
  • How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    What I actually used – with great results

    My method of choice was … wait for it …. boiling water!

    Advantages: Boiling water is cheap and readily accessible. What’s more, it has no long-lasting negative effects on the environment. The liquid hits those weeds with sizzling force, but by the time it drains off and reaches the lawn and garden, it’s cooled down harmlessly.

    Results were very satisfactory (check out my photos!). The weeds immediately lost their oomph. An hour after treatment, they were seriously droopy. And by the next day, they’d become so dry and shriveled I could just sweep them away with a broom.

    FINAL SCORE: Laura 1, Weeds 0.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    Treat extra-large areas

    Treating an extra-large paver-ed area with a kettle of freshly boiled water might not be practical. Instead, try pressure washing. Hot water works best. To avoid harming your pavers, follow manufacturer’s directions and start with a low pressure.


    If you hire a contractor to build a new patio, make sure that there’s adequate drainage and pavers are fitted tightly together.

    For both new and existing paver installations, fill the joints with polymeric sand. This blend of sand and special additives resists weeds, insects, and erosion.

    Brick pavers offer a simple and effective solution for creating sidewalks and walking paths around a home’s exterior. And unlike other options, they are inexpensive and easy to find. However, intrusive grass and weeds may pop up between the brick pavers.

    Not only is this an eye-sore, but it also jeopardizes the structural integrity of the bricks. Grass may grow into the bricks, exploiting hairline cracks and causing them to split open. Therefore, you need to take the necessary precautions to prevent grass from growing between the bricks.

    Eliminate the Grass

    First and foremost, you’ll need to eliminate any grass or weeds currently growing between the bricks. One all-natural solution is to pour boiling water between the bricks. Boiling water is safe, doesn’t leave a toxic residue, and works well for all types of grass and weeds. Just remember to use extreme caution when pouring it, as you don’t want to burn yourself in the process.

    Another idea is to spray a solution of vinegar, salt and dish soap between the bricks. The vinegar and soap kills the grass, whereas the soap makes it stick. You can even add some food coloring to help you remember that it’s a homemade herbicide and not just water.

    Of course, you can always use a store-bought herbicide, though the two methods previously mentioned are just as effective, if not more so.

    Pressure Wash

    After eliminating the grass and weeds, pressure wash the brick pavers to remove any excess material. It’s recommended that you use the lowest pressure setting possible, as this should suffice in most circumstances. Pressure washing helps to create a cleaner surface while subsequently discouraging the grass and weeds from growing back.

    Seal the Pavers

    The final step in preventing grass and weeds from growing between your bricks is to seal the pavers. As long as the bricks are fully sealed, plants won’t be able to emerge. You can visit your local home improvement store for recommendations on sealing products. However, a standard latex-based grout should do the job.

    Before applying the grout, however, you should first clean any dirt or debris between the pavers. Again, pressure washing can help with this task, though you may still need to dig away some areas with a scraping tool. Once the pavers are clean, apply the grout between the cracks separating them, after which your bricks should be protected from intrusive grass and weeds.

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    21 September, 2017

    Grass always seems to grow between the pavers on your sidewalk, no matter what you do. Prevention is the easiest way to keep grass from growing there. This involves removing the grass and its roots, and then laying landscaping fabric, sand or crushed rock before laying the sidewalk pavers. If you have an existing walkway, however, you can spray the grass with an herbicide, but the grass will continue to grow back and the chemicals can even seep into your lawn, killing grass you want to keep. An alternative is to use a simple tool especially designed to remove grass between pavers. Another choice is to make your own eco-friendly weed killer.

    Dig out the grass using the weed-removal tool between the pavers. Get all the grass and weed roots out of the ground.

    • Grass always seems to grow between the pavers on your sidewalk, no matter what you do.
    • This involves removing the grass and its roots, and then laying landscaping fabric, sand or crushed rock before laying the sidewalk pavers.

    Mix 4 oz. of lemon juice with 1 qt. of white vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with the solution and spray the grass between the pavers, applying the solution during the hottest part of the day. Repeat the treatment until grasses and weeds stop re-emerging between the pavers.

    Boil 1 gallon of water and pour it directly between the pavers as an alternative grass-killing treatment. Or, mix the boiling water with the vinegar-and-lemon juice solution to create a stronger grass-killing solution. Repeat the treatment until grasses stop growing between the pavers.

    • Fill a spray bottle with the solution and spray the grass between the pavers, applying the solution during the hottest part of the day.
    • Boil 1 gallon of water and pour it directly between the pavers as an alternative grass-killing treatment.

    Fill in the cracks between the pavers after successfully using the spray formulas. Use sand or crushed rock to fill in the gaps.

    You’ll likely need to perform more than one treatment to kill the grasses emerging between the pavers.

    Wait one or two weeks between applications to allow any remaining grass seeds to germinate and ensure that you kill all the grass.

    Avoid getting the vinegar solution on your surrounding lawn or plants. The acid in the vinegar will kill the lawn grass and other plants if it comes into contact with the leaves.

    Remember when your patio looked so pretty? Smooth, clean and weed-free?

    What the heck happened?

    Now it’s a jungle out there, with weeds and grass sprouting between the pavers like a primeval forest.

    How to keep weeds from growing between pavers? How to get rid of grass between paving stones?

    Is there a way to prevent them from sprouting in the first place?

    We have your weed-free answers, step by step.

    Step 1: Grab Your Screwdriver

    That’s right. A flat-topped screwdriver works great to pop pesky weeds out by the roots. If you just grab a weed by the stem, you might get the top part of the weed, but the roots will remain. That weed will grow back faster than you can say “Roundup.”

    Which brings us to.

    Step 2: Reach For The Roundup

    This spray-on weed killer kills existing weeds and keeps new ones from sprouting for up to a year. It’s a great way to keep weeds from growing between pavers.

    Step 3: Chemical-Free Options

    Want to go chemical-free? Pour white vinegar or boiling water over the weeds and grass growing between pavers to knock them out.

    Step 4: Fill and Seal

    Now that you’ve removed all the weeds, it’s time to keep them from coming back.

    Your best defense: sealer. You can do it yourself, but this is one of those jobs best left to the pros. It’s a two-person job, you need protective equipment, and there are pro tips to make sure the sealer doesn’t flake off, discolor or seal in dirt and grime.

    Before applying sealant, you need to re-fill the spaces between pavers with sand.

    Sealant also protects your patio stones from stains and protects the color from fading.

    Step 5: If You’re Planning A New Patio

    How to Grow Grass Between PaversIf you’ll be installing a new patio, you have a couple choices to keep weeds at bay.

    You can choose to fill the cracks between pavers with a polymer sand. This filler, once wet with a hose, turns hard, almost like mortar. It will make it tougher for weeds to take root.

    Or, plan to seal the patio once it’s complete. If you choose this route, don’t use polymer sand. Choose regular crushed sand, so the sealant can seep way down into the sand.

    The polymer sand is too hard and won’t allow the sealant to penetrate.

    Here at Outback, we recommend sealing your patio. You can choose a matte finish sealer or a glossy variety that will look shiny and wet.

    Step 6: Keep On Sealing

    We recommend sealing your paver patio at least every two or three years. Do it every year if you really want a nice, weed-free surface.

    Regular sealing will keep those determined weed seeds from taking hold between your pavers.

    Trust Your Patio Needs to Outback

    How to keep weeds from growing between pavers?

    The best-looking patios begin with expert installation.

    Here at Outback Landscape, we have the skills, tools and knowledge to design and install patios that stand the test of time — and stand up to tenacious weeds.

    If weeds sneak through — and the pesky things do — we can remove them, so you can go back to enjoying your weed-free patio.

    Located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we serve residential and commercial properties in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Pocatello, Idaho, as well as Bonneville, Madison and Bannock counties.

    Contact Outback Landscape at 208-656-3220, or fill out the contact form to schedule an onsite consultation.

    How to do get rid of moss and grass that is beginning to grow between brick pavers on my patio? I also need to re-fill areas needing polymeric sand – so want to take care of the moss first. Do you recommend sealant to deter the grass and moss from coming back?


    DON’T use Round-up. Yes it will kill everything it comes in contact with, but it also grows breast cancer tumors and is in the water supply which is one reason so many younger woman have breast cancer.

    Find a moss killer that works in grass–not all of them do. For the grass you can find an organic weedkiller if you can’t bear the grass, but I woudl go with just weedeating it every week.

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    Round up should take care of killing it.

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    actually i think its a nice look. you can also plant very low growing fragrent herbs that smell nice when stepped on.

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    Hayley, I have a large natural garden backing up to open space. It’s been growing for 10 years. I go through it once every two weeks carefully spraying round-up on every weed (probably 100 of them each time). Sometimes the weeds are growing up right in middle of a perennial and I take a bit of extra care with my aim. It’s worked just great and made my weeding a manageable task. In ten years, I don’t think I’ve ever killed anything I didn’t intend to. On that same gardening day, I use round-up to tend to my paver driveway and patio if they have any weeds in the cracks as well as keep nice dirt circles around my trees so the mowers won’t damage the trunks. I think my yard and gardens are the best maintained in the whole neighborhood and very, very beautiful.

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    John J. O’Brien | Inspired Living, by design

    We try to avoid poisons where possible. An easy maintenance trick, once you kill the weeds and yank them out, is to pour boiling water from a kettle into the cracks every week or so during high growth season, less often otherwise.

    Joni Mitchell wasn’t kidding when she said you could wreck paradise with a parking lot. You can damage it with a driveway, too, especially the typical asphalt or concrete ones. Or you can keep the pavement out of your little piece of paradise by opting for a driveway made of grass block pavers.

    Are grass block pavers the right choice for your driveway? Read on for everything you need to know.

    What are grass block pavers?

    Grass block pavers—also known as turf block pavers or grow-through pavers—are an alternative to asphalt, concrete, and traditional pavers. They’re made of concrete or recycled plastic with open cells that allow grass to grow through them. They’re a porous, eco-friendly option for driveways and parking areas.

    Where can I use grass block pavers?

    Driveways, parking areas, and walkways are the best surfaces for grass block pavers. They’re also good for slopes, where you need to stop erosion.

    Where should I not use grass block pavers?

    For patios, a solid surface may be preferable. Grass block pavers are better for parking vehicles than for party guests. Tufts of grass don’t make a good surface for lounging, entertaining or loitering with a drink in your hand. “A chair wouldn’t sit level on it,” says Richard Risner, principal at Grounded, a landscape architecture firm in Solana Beach, Calif. “Walk on it in heels, and you’ll sink.”

    Regular pavers spaced so that regular grass grows between them in thin strips are a better choice for patios. If you must have grass block pavers on your patio, choose a paver with tiny cells for the grass and cut the turf so that it’s level with the top of the paver block. (You’ll need to water and feed it more, because extremely short grass is fragile.)

    Pros and Cons

    • Grass block pavers reduce stormwater runoff, one of the biggest sources of water pollution. Stormwater runoff is caused when rain washes over asphalt or concrete, picks up oil and other road pollutants, and washes the whole toxic soup into rivers, bays, and streams. And because they absorb water, grass block pavers slow down the water that races over pavement in a rainstorm, preventing erosion.
    • Grass block pavers recharge groundwater. Those spots of grass allow rain to seep into the ground, putting it back into aquifers, very important in arid climates where water supply is tight. The grass and soil in your grow-through pavers will filter out the pollutants, so the water that returns to the earth is clean.
    • Porous pavers keep the air around your driveway cooler, thanks to the magic of transpiration from that grass. An asphalt drive absorbs heat and gets hotter than Phoenix in July.
    • You can congratulate yourself on being an earth-friendly person.
    • They’re beautiful. Squares of grass beat a shroud of asphalt or concrete every time.
    • Grass block pavers have grass, so they come with the same drawbacks as a turf lawn. They get weeds. They need to be watered (unless you live in a rainy place where nature does the work for you.) They need to be mowed. They need to be fertilized. Asphalt or poured concrete is set it and forget it.
    • They can cost twice as much as asphalt. Grass block pavers run from $4 to $6 per square foot. Good old asphalt or concrete costs from $3 to $4 per square foot.
    • They last half as long as concrete and asphalt, which need to be replaced in 20 to 30 years, with patches to cracks every three to five years. Grass block pavers will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years in a residential drive where nothing but your Prius goes over the surface a few times a day. They’ll last only five years in a commercial driveway, where hundreds of thousands of cars, including gigantic trucks, SUVS, and possibly even Humvees will drive over it.
    • They’re not ADA compliant, because they create a surface that’s too bumpy for a wheelchair.

    What kind do I need?

    How do I install them?

    Whether using plastic or concrete, you going to make five layers. It’s the hardscape version of making lasagna.

    • Put down a base of crushed gravel mixed with sand to level the surface.
    • Place the blocks next.
    • Then lay another layer of sand and compact it.
    • Lay a layer of topsoil.
    • Plant grass.
    • Stay off the grass until it’s established.

    Unless you have top-flight hardscaping skills, you may want to hire a pro for this.

    About that grass. How do I plant it, and what kind can I use?

    The best way to grow the grass is to sprinkle seeds into the cells. It’s the slowest way to get the grass, as growing from seed always is, but your grass will have deeper root systems and be hardier.

    If you want instant gratification, sod it. Cut squares to fit the cells and lay them in. You’ll have your green drive done by sundown. Unless you live in Seattle or the Gulf Coast where you get regular gully washers, choose a drought-tolerant variety such as buffalo grass so you don’t negate the eco-friendly paver drive by putting hundreds of gallons of water on it to keep it alive. Other good grasses that can stand up to two tons of steel driving on them are zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, and ornamental sedge.

    Another option if you live in an arid climate or loathe cutting grass: Fill the cells with gravel. Technically, that’s not a grass block paver, but it will still allow water to seep into the ground and stop that nasty stormwater runoff.

    So move your asphalt. Chuck the concrete. Go with grass. The planet will thank you.

    If you’re planning a hardscape project and looking for tips and materials, see our curated Hardscape 101 guides to Decks & Patios 101 and Pavers 101. To see how grass block pavers look after they’ve been installed, take a look at some of our favorite projects:

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    When designing a landscape, you may not want a continuum of pavement covering a large area of your landscape. By blending low-growing greenery between paving stones, your design will be more naturalistic. The greenery will help to soften your outdoor patio space or add an attractive element to a pathway. It can be a challenge for ground cover plants to grow between pavers or flagstones, but certain plants are perfect for this purpose. Here are several good ground cover plants between pavers. Irish moss adds soft, spongy texture to paths in shady areas. Only a couple of inches tall, it doesn’t create an obstruction. It’s usually sold in flats like sod. Just cut it to fit and lay it where you want it to grow. It is sometimes sold as Scottish moss. Then, Elfin thyme is a miniature version of creeping thyme. It grows only an inch or two tall, and you’ll enjoy its pleasant fragrance. You can plant it in the sun, where it grows flat, or in the shade where it forms little hills. It bounces back after short periods of dry weather, but you’ll need to water it if the dry weather lasts very long.

    Or you can go with dwarf mondo grasses. This is a good choice for full or partial shade, and it is one of the few plants you can grow near black walnuts. The best dwarf mondo varieties for planting between pavers grow only an inch or two tall and spread readily. Baby’s tears is another selection for shady locations. They are often sold as houseplants, but they also make wonderful little plants to grow within pavers . It isn’t for everyone because it only grows in USDA zones 9 and warmer. The pretty foliage forms mounds about 5 inches tall.

    Dichondra Ground Cover Between Pavers

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    Carolina ponysfoot is a pretty little North American native and species of Dichondra that grows in sun or partial shade. It stands up to heat but needs a little watering during prolonged dry spells. It also needs a little fertilizer every spring to keep its bright color. This low-growing ground cover grows in all 48 states in the continental U.S. It features bright green, round leaves that spread to fill an area.

    Dichondra Plants Between Outdoor Pavers

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    This plant grows well in the south in areas of sun to partial shade and is heat resistant. Its lime-green, round leaves spread to fill in spaces.

    Backyard Pavers With Dwarf Mondo Grasses

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    Groundcover plants are much prettier to fill the spaces between pavers and flagstones compared to weeds. The type of plant you choose has a lot to do with your personal taste and whether you want greenery, flowers, compact, or creeping.

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    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    This might be a simple solution in your landscape so you can stay on the same schedule as your grass lawn for watering and trimming.

    Concrete Pavers With Dward Mondo Grasses

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    When you want to keep a green carpet year-round to fill in paving spaces, the dwarf mondo grass variety is a good choice.

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    With a soft, spongy texture, Irish moss grows best in moist, shady areas and keeps its short, compact appearance even when regularly stepped on.

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    When using ground covers around pavers, you want them to meet several criteria.

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    When choosing a plant, look for short plants that won’t obstruct the path or walkway and that can grow under your soil and light conditions.

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    And The Weeds That Grow There

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    You don’t want weeds anywhere near your lawn, but when they are in your grass, at least they can camouflage a little. When weeds grow in the cracks on your sidewalk, however, they stick out like a sore thumb. Why is it that you have a hard time keeping your flowers alive, but a dandelion ends up growing in between your pavers!? Read on to learn how you can stop weeds from growing between pavers.

    How to Stop Weeds Growing from Between Pavers

    Remove them manually. This is an easy solution and effective as long as you get out the entire root—otherwise, they may grow back. This method is not advised if the weed has already gone to seed because you may end up spreading more, even to your lawn.

    Use natural treatment options with things you have at home. Salt and boiling water get rid of weeds but can destroy grass. Your pavers are a great place to use this method because you don’t need to worry about killing nearby plants.

    Apply chemical treatments. Just like on your lawn, you can use herbicides to get rid of weeds between your paving stones. This could be the right option for you if you are dealing with a lot of weeds.

    Seal the cracks. To prevent further weed problems in your pavers, you can choose to fill the space and cracks with polymeric sand.

    Weeds That Grow Between Pavers

    Weeds are resilient. Here are the ones you’ll find between your pavers.

    • Dandelions
    • Thistle
    • Sticker weed
    • Rhubarb
    • Yarrow
    • Pigweed

    You can learn about even more lawn weeds in our Lawn Weed Identification Library.

    Weed Problem? Turn to Green Lawn Fertilizing.

    Green Lawn Fertilizing provides comprehensive solutions to your lawn health needs so that you can have a lawn that will withstand weed problems—including those who grow between your pavers. Call us today at 888-581-5296 for a free quote and to schedule a service.

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    Lawn Weed Guide

    Keep common weeds from invading your beautiful lawn with this guide.

    Synthetic Turf Incorporated In and Between Hardscape has Become a New Trend

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    Placing synthetic turf in between concrete, pavers, travertine, or flagstone can magnify the beauty of the projects design. Placing synthetic turf ribbons in between these type of hardscapes can be challenging. If the installation is not planned out prior to the installation, the end result can be a nightmare.

    I have trained many companies to install “Turf Ribbons” but have also watched contractors remove the entire project due to not knowing the proper way to install synthetic turf ribbons. Before you take on such a project you must understand the process. You may lose thousands of dollars if this process is not planned and estimated properly.

    “Don’t let the waste factor become your wallets enemy” Ask JW

    This month’s ASK JW, I will teach you the proper way to incorporate synthetic turf ribbons into your hardscape.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers


    The very first step in bidding a project of incorporating synthetic turf ribbons in and between hardscape, you must educate the client the proper way their project must be installed. The client should be informed about the waste and cost it will take in order for the installation of turf ribbons to be installed correctly. I am sure the client is getting multiple estimates from other synthetic turf companies, so it is advisable to explain why there will be waste in order to have a successful installation. In the long run you will save labor costs and call backs by using large sections of turf and cutting out the hardscape instead of using pieces and strips.

    When incorporating synthetic turf ribbons, it starts with the hardscape contractor. Contractors that place concrete, pavers, travertine, marble or flagstone rock will place the hardscape over a concrete bed or an exterior poured in place concrete edge to structurally hold the hardscape in place. This exterior concreted edge will cause difficulty in placing the correct amount of compacted imported subgrade materials to install the turf on. This exterior concrete edge will also cause difficulty securing the turf ribbons. It is advantageous to communicate with the hardscape contractor prior to the installation to ensure the edge of hardscape will not run past the line of your nailing edge. If this happens you will need to either saw cut or remove the overflow of the concrete, or drill and conset (drill and anchor) the turf ribbons with concrete fasteners.

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    Written on: July 14, 2020

    Grass growing between the cracks of pavers can ruin the look of a patio or walkway. Before you run out and buy a chemical weed and grass killer, use one of the green ways to kill the grass between the pavers and help the eco system.

    Killing the grass using a green alternative is not only good for the environment, but it is also safe for kids, pets and wildlife.

    Boil water in a large stock pot with handles. When the water has a good boil, take the pot by the handles and walk outdoors to the area that needs help with killing the grass. Pour the boiling water on the cracks where the grass is growing. The hot water will burn the grass and roots in the same way a fire would. The grass will start wilting right away.

    • Grass growing between the cracks of pavers can ruin the look of a patio or walkway.
    • Before you run out and buy a chemical weed and grass killer, use one of the green ways to kill the grass between the pavers and help the eco system.

    Use white vinegar to kill weeds between pavers. Pour the vinegar directly from the bottle unto the grass between the cracks. The vinegar application should be ample to drench the grass and roots. It takes about one week for the results to show.

    Mix salt and water together to make a saline. Make the saline solution strong. Pour the saline solution on the cracks where the grass is growing. The saline will prevent future grass from growing between the pavers.

    • Use white vinegar to kill weeds between pavers.
    • Pour the saline solution on the cracks where the grass is growing.

    Apply lemon juice to the cracks between pavers. Pour the lemon juice directly on the grass between the pavers. The lemon juice will start to wilt the grass within hours after the application.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    Aside from the obvious that they make pavers less appealing, weeds between pavers are annoying. Weeds seem to be invincible – they can grow anywhere (even in the smallest of cracks between pavers), so getting rid of them on your driveway or patio may seem like a challenge. But do not worry, if you are looking for some ways on how to kill weeds between pavers, we got your back.

    How to Kill Weeds Between Pavers

    Whether you are removing oil stains or fixing loose pavers , it is important to take care of your pavers. In this article we will take a look at a few tips to help you kill weeds between pavers. Prevention is better than cure, as they say, so make sure that your pavers are properly installed and polymeric sand is used to fill the gaps between pavers. But if it is too late to prevent weeds from sprouting, you have several ways to try to get rid of them from between your pavers.

    Using Salt

    A natural weed-killing product commonly seen in your kitchen is salt. To create a saltwater formula, just mix three parts of water and 1 part of salt. Apply it on the weeds carefully, as saltwater is also detrimental to other plants.

    Using Baking Soda

    One of the simplest ways to kill weeds and prevent them from growing is household baking soda. Since it is a natural product and is therefore safe for

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    the environment, you have nothing to worry about soil contamination.

    Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda has a high salt content that when it is poured over the weeds, it will cause them to dry out from the roots to tips and eventually die. To use baking soda for this purpose, wet the weeds using your garden hose and sprinkle the baking soda on top of them.

    Baking soda is also helpful on how to stop weeds from growing between pavers. Just pour baking soda over your pavers and sweep it into the cracks. Do this ideally during spring or fall, and you should reapply every 1 to 1 ½ month.

    Using Vinegar

    Will vinegar kill weeds between pavers? Like baking soda, vinegar is natural and safe to use to kill weeds. The acetic acid in the vinegar will draw out the moisture out of the weeds and will cause them to die. If you want fast results (usually within 24 hours), vinegar is the one to use.

    To make a formula, mix the following ingredients: 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of concentrated dish soap, and 2 cups of table salt.

    However, take note that vinegar is harmful to all plants and not only to weeds. You do not want to spray it accidentally over decorative plants, so make sure you apply it on weeds and paver cracks using a spray bottle.

    Using Chemicals

    Aside from natural products, you can also opt to use chemical herbicides . These chemicals come in two general types:

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    1. Pre-emergent – They work on plant seeds and seedlings, forming a barrier that stops germination.
    2. Post-emergent – They work on growing weeds and have two types:
      1. Selective herbicides – They specifically target weeds, so it is safe to apply them to the whole patio.
      2. Non-selective herbicides – They kill every type of plant they come in contact with, so apply them carefully in the middle part of the paved area.

    Pressure Washing

    If you do not want to use any products or chemicals, pressure washing is the best way to kill weeds between paving stones. Simply pull the weeds by hand, and then use a pressure washer around the paver stones to remove the roots. Be careful though, as you only want to remove debris and sand and leave the bedding layer of the pavers alone and intact.


    How do you keep weeds from growing between pavers?

    Like most plants, weeds thrive in a cool damp environment . Having proper drainage beneath your pavers will help prevent the growth of weeds. You can also do other preventative tips, such as regularly sweeping and brushing the area to prevent seedlings from taking roots.

    Do weeds grow between pavers?

    Yes, and weeds that grow between pavers start from seeds settling and taking roots in the cracks or gaps between the pavers. To prevent this from happening, regular sweeping should be done.

    Will vinegar kill weeds between pavers?

    To kill weeds between pavers, you can choose from the many ways available. One of them is using vinegar. Since vinegar is natural and cost-effective, it is an ideal product to use to get rid of annoying weeds.

    If you are repairing your pavers or are working on creating a new one, preventing the growth of weeds should be one of your priorities. Does polymeric sand prevent weeds? Yes, so make sure you use it to fill paver gaps. But if you already have a weed problem in your patio or driveway, there are a ton of solutions on how to kill weeds between pavers. You can use salt, baking soda, vinegar, or chemical herbicides to kill weeds and prevent them from growing again. It is not too late to revive your beautiful pavers. If you would like more assistance on removing weeds between pavers contact our experts here at San Diego pavers .

    Placing crops between pavers provides colour, texture and interest to your garden path or driveway. For completing a route, the most useful crops are the ones that grow low to the floor and normally spread via runners. The crops should also distribute gradually to prevent getting weedy or invasive. Mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus) is an eye catching plant that satisfies these needs. The Nigrescens cultivar, identified as mondo grass, is particularly appealing, with grass-like leaves that begin green but mature to black. Mondo grass needs a little small upkeep to increase properly between your pavers once planted.

    Use the trowel to dig holes in the region around your pavers. The holes must be spaced eight to 10″ apart and be as deep as and at least 2″ wider in relation to the pots your mondo grass starts are in. Add 1 cup of compost to each hole to supply nutrients for your new crops.

    Remove the mondo grass begins from their pots. Squeeze the exterior of the pots to loosen the soil in the event the starts do not turn out effortlessly. Hold the pot in one hand while placing your hand on the foliage. Tip the pot till it happens, and tug on the plant.

    Use your hand then place one plant in every hole and begins from their planting medium you dug. Loosening the roots assists the plants distribute quicker after planting and establish themselves.

    Fill the space that is remaining in the hole together with the soil you dug-out or with additional planting medium that fell your starts off. Water the area completely as soon as you have planted most of the starts.

    Water the grass that is mondo usually enough to keep the soil moist but not damp. Although mondo grass prefers soil that is moist, it may tolerate some drought.

    Fertilize your mondo grass in springtime using a balanced fertilizer or by mulching your mondo grass about with compost. Follow the package instructions regarding how much to use if utilizing fertilizer.

    Trim your mondo grass as the crops develop, to keep the blades. To get a seem that is formal, trim the blades using the edges of your pavers. To get a mo-Re informal appearance, allow about 1 inch of the blades to arch within the fringe of of your pavers.

    How to Remove Persistent Weeds

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    Grass and weeds growing out of pavement cracks in sidewalks, driveways, and patios is a common annoyance. Often, plants seem to grow better in these tiny crevices than they do in the lawn and garden. This defies all logic since pavement surfaces are brutally hot and dry places where you might think that nothing could survive. Not only do these tenacious grasses and weeds survive, but they also seem to positively thrive in this no-man’s land of blistering hot pavement.

    And grasses and weeds that sprout up through the cracks in the pavement are very hard to control. It is easy enough to pluck the top of the grass off at pavement level, but without extracting the entire root, the plant often simply sprouts up again.

    Why Do Plants Like These Crevices?

    Driveway and sidewalk cracks hold a surprising amount of soil and organic matter, a perfect bed for grass and weed seeds.

    Moisture that seeps into driveway and sidewalk cracks may remain a lot longer than in other parts of the landscape. The driveway holds moisture beneath the surface, much the same way mulch does, and any plant that sends its roots down below the slab has access to this trapped moisture.

    Some grasses and weeds thrive in the heat. Crabgrass, for instance, is a warm-season annual grass that thrives in driveway and patio cracks.   Its seeds are very tiny and can penetrate the smallest cracks. Quackgrass is even more diabolical because it is a perennial weed that can survive even if just small pieces of root remain beneath the slab.   If the exposed portion of the grass is removed, a new shoot will pop up in no time at all.

    In cold weather, a dark-colored driveway (asphalt) absorbs sunlight and keeps the soil beneath warmer than the surrounding landscape. Some grasses and weeds can easily tolerate the salts in ice-melt products. Fescue, for instance, is a cool-season grass that is somewhat salt-tolerant and might have a good chance of surviving a winter driveway. Sedge is a grass relative that tends to stay green in winter.   And then there are the cold-happy weeds such as chickweed that seem to scoff at temperatures at which other plants would have long disappeared.

    Killing Weeds in the Driveway, Patio, and Sidewalk Cracks

    Take a look at some home remedies for broadleaf weeds and grasses. These might not work on woody plants, but these solutions are likely to kill moss in sidewalk and patio cracks. Also, if the recipe calls for salt, limit it to hardscape areas only, do not allow the salt to run into lawns and gardens.

    • Boiling water: If the unwanted grass is near the kitchen door, pour leftover boiling water from the stove on weeds rather than down the drain. Do not worry if there is salt in the water; salt helps kill many weeds. Make sure you do not use water that has oils or meat leftovers from cooking. After a few boiling water treatments, most broadleaf weeds and grasses give up.
    • Kitchen vinegar concoction: A mixture of 1 cup salt (about 228 grams) and one gallon (about 3.8 liters) of white vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) on hardscape will kill most weeds and grasses. To make it even more caustic, add 1 cup (about .28 liters) of lemon juice. To increase sticking power, add 2 tablespoons (about 28 grams) of dish soap. If you have it, pickling vinegar is more acidic than regular white vinegar and probably more effective.
    • Propane torch: An ordinary propane torch can be used to burn weeds sprouting up through pavement cracks.   Many weeds tolerate a fair amount of heat, but not the 2,000 degrees produced by a propane flame. Some manufacturers now offer long-handled weed torch tools specifically for this purpose.
    • Horticultural vinegar: It may be hard to find in local stores, but it can be ordered online. This vinegar is 20 percent acetic acid. Mix it with some orange oil and a bit of phosphate-free dish soap. Acetic acid burns the plant’s top growth, depriving it of the ability to photosynthesize. Make sure you use protection for your hands and eyes, it is acidic and can burn you.
    • Non-selective weed killer: Chemicals should be a last resort, but if other methods fail, spot-treating grasses and weeds with a weed-killer containing glyphosate (such as Roundup) will kill the plant, roots and all.   Any chemical product should be used carefully, but glyphosate does not linger in the environment the way the chemicals in some other weedkillers do. Note that most weed killers will not kill grasses only broadleaf weeds.
    • Seal cracks: Plants cannot sprout up if there are no cracks for seeds to penetrate. Inspect your pavement annually and fill any cracks with mortar or a mortar caulking product. Vacuum out the cracks first, then fill them with mortar or masonry caulk to seal them.

    Weeds may come back, especially perennial weeds with strong roots. And there may be lots of weed seeds waiting in the cracks for their chance to sprout. Be prepared to apply these mixtures more than once.

    How to Grow Grass Between PaversPlants are beautiful, but their close cousin ‘the weed’ is an annoying eye sore that can seem impossible to demolish and get rid of for good. It can start to feel like you are pulling out weeds all of the time, only to see more rapidly grow back in its place. So what are you to do, or rather how do you stop weeds from growing between pavers for good?

    How Do You Get Rid Of Weeds?

    People often assume that weeds grow from beneath pavers, and as a result it is not uncommon for one to request installing a weed mat beneath pavers. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

    Around 99% of the time weeds grow between pavers thanks to seeds being blown around your yard from other weeds growing nearby. If you have a major issue with weeds growing between pavers chances are your pavers are located in close proximity to a lot of weeds somewhere else in your yard. If your yard is weed-free it might be your neighbor’s yard causing the issue.

    There are certain types of weeds that are very prominent and when they get the chance to start spreading they don’t stop, take crabgrass for instance. This is why you want to move quickly so that weeds don’t have time to get out of control.

    You can get rid of existing weeds between pavers by:

    Installing Pavers Properly
    Properly installed pavers will make it less likely for weeds to grow out of control, but that doesn’t mean weeds will never grow. Installing pavers on a slant is one way to help reduce the likelihood your pavers explode with an uncontrollable amount of weeds. If water regularly just sits on your pavers weeds are more likely to grow because they thrive in cool, damp environments. Adding a slope beneath pavers helps water drain off and wash away.

    Kill Weeds
    There is always the chance weeds will grow between pavers, and so the question is how can you safely kill these weeds without damaging your pavers? Many people turn to products like Bleach and Round Up, but these are both highly toxic and bad for the environment, plus they may discolor your pavers. White vinegar is strong, non-toxic and much more suited to the task of killing weeds between pavers.

    Start using a small test spot of vinegar just to make sure it does not discolor your pavers in any way. Vinegar is almost always harmless to pavers but since it does contain a small amount of acid it’s always best to be safe and start small. Spray a small test area with vinegar and then wait a few hours before rinsing off. If the pavers remain the same color you are good to go and may use the white vinegar to kill all weeds growing between pavers. Spray generously, let sit for a few hours and then rinse.

    Remove Dead Weeds
    The next step is removing dead weeds from between pavers. Using a pressure washer for this step is ideal because it cleans the pavers while simultaneously removing weeds. A rotating surface cleaner attachment for the pressure washer works great. You can rent your own pressure washer and rotating cleaner for around $100 a day, or you can hire a professional to do the job right without any stress on your part.

    It’s not as easy as it may seem. If you use the pressure washer jet nozzle you risk damaging your pavers and cutting grooves into the surface. Keep the nozzle a good 12 inches away from the pavers as you spray between the joints. By properly (and gently) blasting the joints you will be able to remove stubborn weeds as well as dirt and soot buildup.

    Don’t overdo it, the joints have a layer of dirt beneath them that you don’t want to blast out, if you continue to apply pressure once weeds and surface dirt are gone you risk serious damage.

    How Do You Keep Weeds From Growing Back?

    Once you have spent the time and money getting rid of weeds between pavers you want to keep them from growing right back. In all honesty, if you finish the job and move on with life they will grow back.

    Here are some things you can do to keep your pavers free of weeds forever:

    -Regularly sweep patio to remove seedlings that blow in from elsewhere before they have a chance to embed and sprout.
    -Regularly pour boiling water or white vinegar between pavers in order to kill any weeds starting to grow.
    -Turn to properly installed paving soil between pavers in order to make it much more difficult for weeds to grow.
    -Be on the lookout for weeds and pull them out by the root as soon as you notice them. Controlling growth as it occurs will prevent a major overgrowth from taking your pavers hostage.

    Turnbull Masonry will make your pavers look like new in no time! Call us today for the best service in town at competitive prices you can rely on.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    How to Kill Weeds Between Pavers – How do you stop weeds from growing?

    How to kill weeds between pavers? If you’re new with pavers and don’t know how to stop weeds from growing between pavers, then it’s time you get some insight on this topic, or else, there’s a risk that your pavers might break with time. But wait, where to start? Will vinegar kill weeds between pavers, or does polymeric sand prevent weeds? Relax. If you’re looking for the best way to kill weeds between paving stones, you’ve come to the right place.

    How to Kill Weeds Between Pavers

    A great home improvement project is removing weeds from your pavers. This article will explain to you two effective methods to get rid of weeds and the reasons behind the grass reproduction among your pavers. It’s essential that you know this because, believe it or not, this won’t be over until you deal effectively with the very root of your problem and certainly, we must begin this odyssey through the weed roots for a more comprehensive understanding.

    Why There’s Weed Appearing Between My Pavers?

    Weed, grass and other kinds of vegetation appears between your bricks because the area wasn’t properly weeded out before the paving installation began.

    People tend to think that removing the grass is enough when installing pavers, but it’s not. You need to dig the plants out with a spade and straight from the root system, or else, grass will regrow between your pavers and break them. Properly installed pavers deter weeds from growing up, and sweeping them regularly will prevent seeds from settling between the stones as well.

    Therefore, a good paver installation, proper thickness, and sweeping regularly your patio will keep your paved surface healthy and alive. However, if you had the misfortune of having one single plant sprouting between your stones, don’t worry: there are some ways to get rid of those pesky weeds.

    How to Kill Weeds Between Pavers?

    You can choose one of the following methods:

    • Simple household baking soda is a natural, eco-friendly product that will not contaminate your property and can dry out the weed all the way to its roots without harming your landscape. Pouring baking soda all over the paved area and then sweeping it into the cracks every four to six weeks will also keep your patio weed-free.
    • Will vinegar kill weeds between pavers? Of course! Just like baking soda, vinegar is a natural household product that can kill weeds safely through its acetic acid in 24 hours. However, be cautious: vinegar is harmful to all plants, so only spray it on the weeds you want to eliminate.
    • A mix of salt and 3/1 water can also kill weeds. However, just like vinegar, it can also kill other plants, so be sure to only apply it to the weeds.
    • A low-cost solution could be to simply pull the weeds by hand and then pressure wash the pavers to get rid of any remaining roots.
    • You can also opt for chemical herbicides, but pick a specific one tailored for your needs, or else, you might harm plants you don’t want to kill.

    How to stop weeds from growing between pavers?

    The methods we just listed above can also be applied to prevent weeds from growing between pavers through continuous applications; however, there is one thing that will effectively keep them at bay for a longer time: polymeric sand.

    So, does polymeric sand prevent weeds? Sure thing. Polymeric sand is no ordinary sand: it’s a super-fine sand with small components, such as silica, that, when mixed with water, can fill the joints between pavers and prevent weed growth. Polymeric sand also improves the durability of your patio, protects its base materials and keep your paver patio shimmering all day long.

    Last Considerations

    How do you keep weeds from growing between pavers?

    Aside of our methods and polymeric sand, you can also consider improving your pavers’ drainage capability and to regularly sweep or brush their surface to prevent seedlings from settling between them.

    Do weeds grow between pavers?

    Only if your pavers weren’t installed properly and/or if your area wasn’t weeded out properly. Professional pavers say weeds don’t usually sprout up from beneath the pavers, unless there are cracks that allows them to reach the surface.

    Will vinegar kill weeds between pavers?

    Nobody likes weeds, let alone managing them. They’re pesky, bothersome and let’s face it, they don’t look nice at all. What most people don’t know is that the reason weeds tend to grow is because the area is neglected, giving them a chance to grow. Gaps between stepping stones or between borders are some of the most awkward spaces in the garden, they’re also a notoriously popular area for weeds.

    There’s no easy way to banish weeds completely, but there are some tried and tested methods of keeping them at bay.

    Control by design

    Now if you’re starting from scratch and currently designing your garden, you’re at a huge advantage. You can design your garden so there are limited areas for weeds to pop up. Do this by preparing areas effectively. Lay a barrier down under pavers or between the fence posts. Use weed block instead of plastic; it’s easier to handle and much less likely to puncture.

    Construct the stone paver pathways correctly and you may even avoid weeds all together and most definitely, plant some groundcover between the pavers to crowd out weeds.

    Choose an appropriate groundcover

    While groundcover works to crowd the space so it’s harder for weeds to grow, planting them doesn’t necessarily eliminate the possibility the weeds completely.

    If weeds do appear, handling them can be a big challenge.

    The key thing to remember here is when groundcover is thin, more weeds will grow. Try to encourage a thick stand of groundcover. This means watering frequently and replanting when the groundcover thins. Finding the perfect balance can take a few years so be prepared to be in it for the long haul.

    As a tip, the groundcover should be dense like a carpet but not so invasive that it looks like the pavers are sinking. The dense groundcover effectively smothers the weeds.

    Also, the plants that grow between the pavers need to be tough and durable. Chances are it will have to withstand trampling by humans and animals alike – whether occasional or frequent – and you’d rather it last than have to constantly replant.

    Recommended plants

    The type of plant that is best suited largely depends on the environment it’s going to experience once planted.

    Groundcover for full sun areas

    • Creeping thyme – this is one of the premium groundcovers. It’s petite and comes in many varieties so chances are you’ll find some version of it to suit your needs. Something to consider with thyme, some variations do bear spikes which can grow tall enough to stub toes and may pose a tripping hazard. Also, the flowers, while pretty, can attract bees so it may not be ideal for a primary pathway or an area right next to an entrance to your home.
    • Dymondia – flat and tidy with slender leaves, the plant is green on top and grey underneath and the curl on each leaf creates a lovely colour-variation. Plus, it’s not high maintenance and needs very little watering.

    Groundcover for part-sun areas

    • Chamomile – the small white daisy-style flowers most definitely evoke meadow scenes which is awfully pretty. But there is a downside. Chamomile requires moderate watering and once the flowers appear, a trim.
    • Goldmuss sedum – a dainty succulent, the green leaves and yellow flowers that sprout in the spring are a nice and tidy alternative.
    • Jewel mint of Corsica – while also requiring a regular watering, the miniature green leaves almost look like moss. But the best thing is, as you walk along the path, the leaves will release delicious wafts of mint.
    • Blue star creeper – flat, green leaves with starry blue flowers, this groundcover is quite tough, despite its delicate appearance.
    • Irish moss – requiring virtually no maintenance and resembling moss, this grows quickly with uniform texture.
    • Grass – yep, lawn grass is a great alternative for groundcover, especially if pavers are large and placed a good distance apart. However, grass requires watering, fertilising and mowing so it is considered a high-maintenance option.

    Groundcover for shady areas

    • Baby’s tears – with enough moisture, this one runs perfectly through crevices.
    • Sweet woodruff – this one bears larger leaves than the others, with small white flowers. But this does tend to spread so be wary.
    • Mondo grass – after a dark green carpet all year round? While slow to grow, once there, it’s an excellent choice.

    Other tips and tricks

    Of course, it’s not just about what you plant, it’s also about managing the landscape, especially when it comes to weeds. Use mulch where possible as this essentially acts as a suffocating blanket by preventing light from reaching the weeds. Plus, it holds the moisture needed for the plants to thrive.

    Also, if you need to pull leaves, water them first. Pulling weeds is much easier when the soil is moist and it’s much more effective as you’re likely to get the whole root system rather than just the surface.

    Regardless of how you choose to control them, everyone can agree that weeds are pesky. Get on top of the situation early – remember, prevention is the best form of protection. For more advice on creating your ideal outdoor space, speak to the experts at Armstone today.

    Moss is one of those things that one person considers a nuisance and another considers attractive, adding to the “country” or “old English” look and feel of a paver installation. Moss generally develops in shaded areas that are slow to dry up after rain. It thrives in damp, dark areas of a patio like underneath a large tree. If you are someone who considers moss something that adds subtle beauty and charm to your patio, we feel it is important to caution you to a few pesky risks that comes with moss before you continue to let it grow or transplant it yourself:

    • Jointing sand between pavers is generally meant to keep vegetation out, so by planting moss you essentially compromise this material to give your moss something to grow in.
    • Once you let organic material like moss into your joints, it is extremely difficult to get out again. This in itself is something to strongly contemplate before you let moss thrive in an area, or transplant it yourself. As soon as you let it grow, it really does not stop.
    • We have heard of several instances where homeowners have let moss grow and it became so bulbous that it became a tripping hazard. Not ideal for a patio or space that you plan to entertain on often or there is lots of foot traffic.
    • If you ever grow tired of this look, or plan to use your patio more, the cleanup of moss is very messy, intense and time consuming.

    Therefore, we’d really only suggest you grow moss between pavers if your patio is something that is largely decorative and used infrequently. Or, around generously spaced stepping stones rather than in between smaller joints of a patio, walkway or driveway.

    With all of these warnings in mind, if moss is still something you’d like to see in your outdoor space, you can follow these directions:

    • As mentioned, it is very unlikely that moss will survive in a sunny dry spot, so consider this when picking a spot to grow moss.
    • Try looking in wooded areas around your home for moss to transplant – you can do this in fragments by using a shovel, or by liquefying the moss to spread it. If the moss you are transplanting is surrounded by other rotting material, take some of this with it, as this will help the moss to survive.
    • Ensure the joints you are adding moss to are free of weeds and fill any empty spaces with soil. Pack the moss firmly between the joints using your shoe, this removes any air pockets which is essential in having it transplanted successfully.
    • Water the area well, but do not flood it or you risk the moss being washed away and then continue to water the area daily for 3 weeks until the moss is well-established.

    Here at Viking Pavers we install our pavers with a polymeric sand between the pavers which will dramatically help weed growth prevention. If your pavers weren’t installed with the polymeric sand or it’s worn away from the years or from poor maintenance, these tips will help your chances in the battle against ugly weeds.

    Here is how you can prevent paver weed growth:

    Keep the pavers drained

    Just like any other type of vegetation, weeds need moisture to grow from seeds to shoots. If you can keep pavers spaces dry, then you are creating a harsh environment that will not support the growth of any vegetation within the cracks.
    Keep your pavers clean

    This is very important. If your pavers are constantly dirty and unkempt, then there is plenty of dust lying around. Within dust and debris, there are plenty of seeds that could find their way into the cracks and start germinating if the conditions are right. Cleaning your pavers means there are no seeds lying around-or humus to support their growth.

    Scrub the areas between pavers

    At times, cleaning simply isn’t enough. Even after draining and sweeping your pavers week after week, there is an amount of dirt that will still seep through and grab a hold. You should stay at the top of this kind of problem by finding ways to continually scrub this dirt off the surface of pavers and between the various blocks. If possible, get a hose with high velocity gusts of water and sprinkle the are involved. Remember to have the area drained afterward because as indicated earlier, moisture creates conditions that allow weeds to thrive.

    Finding a great hardscape company gives you the confidence that the pavers built will stand the test of time.

    However, these paver installations need careful maintenance if they are to overcome the rigors of the outdoors. You will need to make sure that your pavers are clean and well-drained at all times. You do not want to suffer the loss of hundreds of dollars just because some weeds sprout up between the cracks of your pavers.

    If you live in the Bay Area, then Viking Pavers is always available to address all your paver needs without inconveniencing you or putting you behind a long queue of other customers.

    Call us at 800-941-1014 or use our free consultation form.

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    “We met Karen from Viking Pavers at the Home and garden show in Pleasanton fair grounds. We were immediately impressed with her professionalism. She made sure to communicate every step of the process. The crew, especially Gustavo, were on time and respected our privacy. They finished on time. The best part is now our backyard looks beautiful. The pavers look so good. I highly recommend Viking Pavers.”

    “I had Viking pavers pave my driveway and front entrance this last week.
    I was so impressed by the proffessional work they did, bringing porta potty first day and a big tractor that could break up all concrete slabs in one day. No fooling around, Gustavo was excellent in making sure his workers knew what was expected, and that I was fully satisfied. The workers were skillful and worked fast and wasted no time. The job turned out beautiful. Karen was my estimator and I am very pleased with their work. Mauri residence in Almaden.”

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    Choosing Plants To Use Between Walkway Pavers

    Adding a stone or concrete paver walkway to your outdoor landscaping can add an element of elegance to your outdoor living space. Rather than stone or sand, spacing walkway pavers a bit wide gives you the opportunity to create a subtle “garden.” Tucking plants between the pavers can soften pathways, break up your hardscape, add in permeability providing better drainage, and make your walkway feel like a lush living garden element.

    Choosing the right ground cover to add between walkway pavers can help to define your space, and add color and texture to your landscape. When selecting ground cover plants look for species that are low-growing, resilient, and can tolerate foot traffic and bounce back relatively quickly. Make sure you consider species that can thrive in the light and moisture conditions of your site.

    Taking a creative approach to fill the gaps between walkway pavers can be fun! Whether you’re looking for a soft plant that is comfortable to walk on with bare feet or a fragrant plant that fills the air with delicious scent with every step, here are some great species for your consideration. But first, let’s look at some creative options for planting in and around walkways.

    Stylistic Choices For Planting Walkway Pavers

    There are many different approaches for planting walkways. In California, the cool, mild temperatures in the Bay area allow homeowners a wide variety of exciting choices. For example, consider placing succulents like colorful echeveria between steps, or pavers. These rosette forming plants add an interesting visual element to your landscape. If they grow tall stalks or impede foot traffic, echeveria can easily be rooted for additional stock.

    Consider choosing plants that echo your home’s color scheme. If your home features soft botanical colors, you can plant ground cover like “silver carpet” a low growing ground cover or blue star creeper that can break up your walkway with color, and tie into your home’s exterior paint scheme.

    Mixing species between pavers, along a fence line next to pavers, or using one species for the space alongside pavers while choosing a complimentary species for between pavers can create a beautiful look that is artistic, colorful, and elegant.

    Popular Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Species

    Whether your yard enjoys full-sun, is cool and shady, or anything in between there are plenty of low-growing, ground cover choices that can help you to create the perfect walkway. Some of these tough ground cover choices can be aggressive spreaders and may become invasive. This can be important in the California Bay area, so check with your local hardscape contractor or landscape supply company before your plant.

    Baby’s Tears (soleirolia soleirolii)

    This plant is native to the Mediterranean region and is an excellent choice for beds that a dappled with shade and moist soil. Baby’s tears fils the gaps between pavers and features small mounds of tiny button-like foliage. From a distance it resembles moss giving your garden path a romantic look. Baby’s tears is a bit delicate, so it’s best planted between edging pavers away from heavy traffic. It’s a low growing plant (4 to 6-inches) and spreads laterally to form mats.

    Creeping Thyme (thymus seryllum)

    Thyme is perfect for sunny California Bay area gardens. It’s a small perennial herb that comes in many different variations all with tiny fragrant leaves ranging from dark green, to lime green and even gold with white edging. This is a tough, durable plant that can grow in difficult soils from sandy to heavy clay. It tolerates infrequent watering.

    Blue Star Creeper (isotoma fluviatilis)

    Blue Star Creeper is named for the tiny star-shaped flowers in the spring. Blue star creeper fills in around walkway pavers to form a springy mat. The plants stay low, growing just 2 to 4 inches making them a perfect choice for filling in low stones without covering them. They can tolerate foot traffic and are great for traditional and cottage style gardens.

    Goldmoss Sedum (sedum acre)

    This dainty succulent perennial bears lime-green leaves and yellow flowers in the spring, It’s trailing stems send out new roots as it spreads. Another colorful sedum is Dragon’s Blood sedum which features small, succulent leaves that are dark purple-red.

    Jewel Mint of Corsica (mentha requienii)

    This requires regular watering and forms an inch-high mat of miniature green leaves that look like moss but are incredibly aromatic. If your in a California drought area, Jewel Mint may not be the best choice. When you step on it, it smells like mint ice cream. This is a sun to shade creeper, so it is flexible as well.

    Irish Moss (sagina subrata)

    While not technically a moss it looks like one. Irish moss forms a dense carpet of tiny velvety leaves. Typically sold in flats, use kitchen scissors to cut it into strips or irregular shapes that you might need to fill the spaces between your stepping stones.

    For best results remember that plants tucked between stepping stones need room to spread out and enough loose fertile soil between the stones for roots to grow. Make sure the gaps between stones are at least a few inches wide to allow plants to establish. Keep them watered until they’re established and clip them back if they cover stones, or move into other areas.

    If you’re planning on creating a plant surrounded garden walkway for your Sonoma County home, give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call at 1-866-287-2837. We can help you choose the perfect ground cover and design the ideal garden walkway to meet your family’s unique needs. Our knowledgeable team members are ready to help you create the outdoor living space you’ve been dreaming about!

    If you’re in the San Francisco Bay area, our location in Concord, CA at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K, services East Bay and South Bay homeowners. Our Santa Rosa, CA location at 1619 4th Street Ste 12 can help you with your North Bay hardscaping projects.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    Grow-through grass pavers can be driven over and parked upon, while still allowing for green space.

    After Gretchen and Ethan built an addition to their home in Burlington, Vermont, they knew that they would be over the town’s required ‘lot coverage’, which factors in paved driveways. The easy solution was to rip out the pavement and replace it with an environmentally-friendly grass driveway, built with permeable, grow-through pavers.

    “Both of us liked the look of the grow-through pavers better with more green space, and as far as runoff, it’s nice to have it feel a little more environmentally friendly than concrete,” says Gretchen.

    Installing & Planting The Grass Driveway

    After local stonemasons installed the permeable pavers and an excavator dropped a huge pile of dirt, Gretchen had the daunting task of evenly moving and spreading the dirt over the driveway and raking it in. For the best results, she explains that it’s recommended to only fill the pavers halfway before planting, so cars won’t impact the grass when they drive over it.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    After the dirt was raked in (and they gave the leftover topsoil to friends), Gretchen and Ethan planted our Low Work And Water grass mix in the sunny areas and our No Mow grass mix in the shadier spots.

    When I stopped by they had only planted a few weeks ago so not everything had grown in yet – but the grass driveway still looked absolutely gorgeous. “I can’t tell you how many times someone has driven by, or walked by and stopped,” says Gretchen. “Everybody comments on how good it looks.”

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    To protect the newly planted grass driveway for the winter, they will add straw on top of the entire driveway.

    Getting Ready For Spring Planting

    They added annual rye grass to the bank next to the driveway where they will eventually add shade plants in the spring. “We planted it to stabilize the soil and to avoid the area becoming a complete mud pit,” says Gretchen. “I was amazed at how fast the annual rye grass grew.” In the spring they’ll till the area and add a mix of columbine, trillium and groundcovers.

    Our Pollinator Cover Crop Seed Mix features a varied mix of easy-to-grow legumes, including Clover, Alfalfa, Vetch, and Sainfoin. Small white, pink, purple, and gold flowers attract .

    Dutch White Clover is one of the most popular clovers used in lawns, but also has many other uses. Plant this perennial clover as a cover crop, groundcover, for erosion control or in.

    This mixture is made up of warm and cool-season grasses that are native to the Northeast and will be a hardy, long-lasting solution to any area.

    Southeast Native Grass Seed Mix is an easy-to-grow combination of grasses that are native to the Southeastern part of the United States. Featuring Little Bluestem Grass, Virginia Wil.

    In this sense, Gretchen and Ethan used the Rye Grass as a cover crop or ‘green manure’, taking advantage of its ability to prevent erosion and become a grow-in-place fertilizer, which will release important nutrients after it’s been tilled back into the soil. Now the columbine, trillium, and groundcovers will have nutrient-rich soil to help get them started. You can learn more about using green manures here.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    The specialized design of the pavers allows for storm water to drain right through, instead of becoming part of the city’s run-off problems. The design also allows for creative landscape design when colorful groundcovers are planted inside the paver holes.

    So what’s next for the grass driveway? Gretchen says she is planning on adding a variety of colorful groundcovers this spring in between the paver strips, where cars won’t drive over. “We just love how it looks; it’s so nice to have green out there,” she adds.

    Why Are Grass Driveways Environmentally Friendly?

    Permeable paver driveways aren’t just for looks (although it is a nice bonus), but are also an environmentally-friendly alternative to paved or blacktop driveways.

    As Gretchen mentioned above, one of the main reasons people install these types of driveways is the reduction of runoff water, especially in a city. Permeable pavers allow for rain water to pass directly through them and get absorbed into the ground, which helps keep pollutants that can be found in storm water (collected as the water races over paved roads) from entering the water system and contaminating streams, lakes, and other waterways.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    Gretchen says people frequently stop and ask her about their new driveway, commenting on how good it looks.

    Gretchen and Ethan’s grow through paver driveway is also environmentally friendly because it creates habitat where it would otherwise be a wasteland. Even the small patches of grass and flowering groundcovers they plant in that area make a big difference to their local pollinators.

    Permeable paver driveways help reduce runoff, create a habitat for wildlife and require little water.

    The grass mixtures they chose are low water and low maintenance, meaning that only natural rainfall will be required for these grasses to grow and they’ll only need to be mowed a few times each year. This helps reduce emissions from lawn mowers and conserves water.

    How to Grow Grass Between Pavers

    The cost of a permeable paver driveway is comparable to pavement, says Gretchen.

    The Cost Of An Environmentally Friendly Grass Driveway

    Looking at Gretchen and Ethan’s driveway, I figured that it was an expensive project, but it turns out I was wrong. “Originally we were going to do cement strips and then when we started pricing it out we realized it wouldn’t be that much more expensive to do the grow-through pavers,” she says.

    A driveway that has gorgeous curb appeal, that you can garden in, is environmentally friendly and fairly inexpensive – what more could you want?

    Have you had any experience with permeable pavers or environmentally friendly driveways? Please share in the comments below.

    Our Carefree Creeping Phlox Collection offers a beautiful quilt-like groundcover to dress up the early spring garden. Cushiony mats of fine-textured foliage burst into bloom, blanket.