Weeds growing between paving stones’ can be a real pain in the derriere! This post and the associated video will show you how you can use a simple dry sand and mortar mix to point the gaps between patio stones / flagstones for a permanent solution to this problem.
This really is an easy job and, looking out on your weed-free patio for years to come, you will be very grateful you took the time to point those gaps between your paving stones. This is one of those situations where a little bit of work now, can save you hundreds of hours in the future. Patio’s are for sitting drinking beer on, not weeding!
Do you want to know how to point paving stones? My beginners guide covers everything you need to know. The video below has the following sections:
- The tools and materials required
- The ratio of sand and cement required
- How to make a ‘bucket mix’ of mortar
- How to clean out the gaps between the paving stones
- How to force the mortar right down into the joint
- Finishing the joint with a home made finishing tool
By following the instructions in the video, you will make a ‘dry mix’ of four parts sand to one part cement (with very little water) and this dry mix of mortar will not stain your paving stones.
Watch my video below: ‘How to point paving stones: a simple patio jointing guide for beginners’
Paving stones can be fitted in such a way that weeds don’t grow through them. However, it takes a lot of time and attention to achieve this and unfortunately they are often laid with large gaps between them. This, depending on where you are in the world, may or may not cause you problems.
Where I’m from, in the North of England, a small gap will seemingly become home to a plantation of Dandelion every two months! Now, Dandelion are actually edible, so this could be one way of supplementing your food shopping… However, as these Dandelions will probably be genetically mutated monsters, as a result of them being the last in a line of plants to have survived attack from every poisonous substance known to man (you have tried all sorts of ways of eliminating them, haven’t you?!), it’s probably not a good idea to eat them!
Thankfully, once you have pointed all the gaps using the technique in this video, removing Dandelion from the gaps in your patio will all be a distant memory… Now, pull up a chair and crack open a beer instead. And, anyway, who needs Dandelions when you can have crisps!