Posted: 17/04/2015 at 02:19
The Problem: I rent a lovely house with a lovely garden and a fantastic view. I tend the garden, and love every minute of it, but the block paved yard and driveway tortures me to distraction
Things That Don't Work: Pressure washing it just seems to blast the sand out, so that more debris gets washed down under the blocks, and with it more seed. The roots never, ever come up easily from between the blocks. Removing moss and small weeds with a manual scraper, or wire brush, supposedly designed for the purpose, takes about 5 weeks, and the weeds are coming back at the other end by the time I've finished, so it's back breaking and heartbreaking both at once. Weedkiller dosn't seem to work very well, perhaps it is all going between the bricks but not spreading out in the roots underneath, and the one that goes in through the leaves and then down into the root only works on the seeds that have sprouted enough to take it in, while the others come shooting up within weeks of the gap becoming vacant, so ends up very, very expensive. Special coatings are way above my budget if they will have to be done every few years. Lightweight "weed-wand" burners are just too small and light for our huge expance of block paving.
A Possible Solution? I've heard rumour of people hiring big, push along, tarmac burners to scorch the weeds between the bricks to death. I assume they must mean the smaller ones that are normally used for re-surfacing pavements and park pathways, rather than the huge ones you see driving along the road. Problem is I don't know where to hire one, and can't find any on an internet search. This is largely because I don't know the proper name of these elusive devises - Please, dose anyone know 1) what they are called, 2) if they work, and 3) are they incredibly expensive to hire??? Any information would be welcome.