How to Get Rid of Weeds in a Brick Patio

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How to Get Rid of Weeds in a Brick Patio
Kill weeds to keep your brick patio looking good. (Backyard Brickfest image by Epix from

A brick patio can add aesthetic charm and rustic beauty to any outdoor area, including driveways, walkways and patios. When you use bricks for an outdoor patio, they can stay beautiful for years. When weeds threaten to take over between the bricks of your patio, stop them before they grow too large. Get rid of weeds in a brick patio to preserve your attractive patio and keep it a pleasant place to spend time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Boiling water
  • White vinegar (10 per cent solution)
  • Glyphosate herbicide spray

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  1. 1

    Boil a pot of water and carefully pour the boiling water over the weeds growing between your patio bricks. Saturate the weeds thoroughly with the boiling water, and the weeds should begin to wither and die within 24 to 48 hours.

  2. 2

    Pour the full-strength white vinegar directly over the weeds. Saturate the weeds and the area between the bricks thoroughly with the white vinegar on a day when you do not expect rain for 12 to 24 hours. The weeds should die within 24 hours.

  3. 3

    Spray the glyphosate spray onto the weeds as they grow actively between the bricks. Saturate the foliage thoroughly with the herbicide spray on a sunny and calm day when the temperature ranges between 15.6 and 26.7 degrees Celsius. Watch the effect of the herbicide spray on the weeds and you should notice the weeds dying within one week. Reapply the glyphosate spray onto the weeds again one week later if the weeds are not visibly declining.

  4. 4

    Pull the dead weeds by hand from between the bricks after they wither and die.

Tips and warnings

  • Laying three to four inches of gravel or sand beneath the bricks will prevent many weeds from growing between the bricks.
  • Keep people and pets away from the spray area during the glyphosate application and while the glyphosate remains wet.
  • Wear protective clothing (long trousers, long sleeves and sturdy shoes) while you apply the glyphosate.

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