It’s the start of summer, perfect time to lay down some new concrete outside your home. While new concrete offers durability and functionality, one common challenge that arises over time is the growth of weeds between the cracks. These unwanted intruders not only compromise the aesthetics but also undermine the structural integrity of the concrete. Look to these effective strategies that can keep your summertime space looking beautiful and weed-free:
Prepare Your Outdoor Space
The first step in preventing weeds from taking root is thorough site preparation. Clear the area of any existing vegetation, removing weeds, grass, and roots. Use a garden spade or shovel to dig out the top layer of soil, ensuring a depth of at least 6 inches. By eliminating existing weeds and their roots, you lay a strong foundation for preventing future weed growth.
Consider Laying Landscape Fabric
Landscape fabric, also known as weed barrier fabric, is an effective preventive measure to keep weeds away from your concrete project. Once the site is prepared, roll out a high-quality landscape fabric over the excavated area.
This porous fabric allows water and nutrients to penetrate while blocking weed growth. Cut the fabric to fit the desired shape of your concrete project, ensuring overlapping edges of at least 6 inches. Secure the fabric in place using landscape fabric pins or staples.
Seal The Cracks and Joints of the Concrete
One of the most vulnerable areas for weed growth in concrete is the joints and cracks. Proper joint sealing is crucial to prevent weed infiltration. After the concrete is poured and set, apply a high-quality clean & seal finish by Concrete Coatings of Minnesota.
This sealant acts as a barrier, preventing weeds from finding a foothold in the crevices. It also protects and increases the lifespan of your new concrete, keeping it looking new for longer. To keep things looking fresh, you may have to periodically seal your concrete to maintain it.
Upkeep the Concrete With Regular Maintenance
To ensure the long-term success of your weed prevention efforts, regular maintenance is essential. Here are some tips to follow:
Remove debris: Regularly sweep the concrete surface to remove leaves, twigs, and other debris that can accumulate and create opportunities for weed growth.
Keep the surface clean: Treat any spills or stains promptly to prevent weed-friendly environments from forming on the concrete. Concrete Coatings of Minnesota’s clean & seal process can prevent any spills or stains from damaging your concrete permanently.
Apply herbicides selectively: In cases where weed growth is persistent, use herbicides specifically designed for use on concrete. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and apply the product only where necessary, taking care to protect nearby plants and vegetation.
Prevent soil erosion: Control soil erosion around the concrete by adding gravel or mulch to exposed areas. This will reduce the chances of weed seeds finding their way into the cracks.
Talk With The Professionals
While weeds can be a persistent nuisance, taking proactive measures during the concrete installation process can keep them at bay and maintain the beauty and integrity of your outdoor space. Concrete Coatings of Minnesota specializes in protecting your concrete so it can last for years. We want the best for your outdoor spaces, contact us today for a free estimate.