Taking care of overgrowh... [recommendations?]

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Guest Lawn, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Guest Lawn

    Guest Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hello! thanks for this neat forum.

    I got a problem. I basically have paverstones which have lots of (grass/some weed) growth that keeps coming up. It is only about half a foot width... but all the way down the track.

    What could work best as a spray to keep this at bay?

    To potentially complicate matters... we have mini-tree/hedge bushes planted. It would be about 3 feet away from this problem area.

    A] Would any spray be a problem for them?
    B] What is best (other than weekly trimming) to handle this?

    Thank you for anyone who knows best.

    Sincerely, Guest Lawn
  2. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    If you are three feet away from the plants you are more than fine to use glyphosate (Round Up) to kill anything growing. Glyphosate is non-selective so it will kill any grass and weeds you spray it on. For the most part you can spray it in beds on weeds growing right along with any other established larger plants such as shrubs, bushes, tress etc. You really just need to be extra careful if the plants are more sensitive specimen species.

    If I am understanding your description correctly, the weeds are growing up from within the cracks between the paver? If this is the case, to prevent this in the future you can use a power washer to remove the sand from between the pavers and refill the joints with polymetric sand which will help prevent weeds in the cracks.
  3. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    Use a preemergence over the stones might help prevent it. Don't buy the home depot crap though. The previous post is good. polymeric sand has a harnening compound in it that will be harder for weeds to poke through than other types of sand in your joints.
  4. Guest Lawn

    Guest Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thank you!

    If I understand correctly... Round-Up for example, could be utilized
    even particularly close to the bush/plant... with no problem (unless
    it is especially sensitive). I assume this is rare?

    So a foot or more away will not be an issue?

    Thank you for info! :)
  5. Guest Lawn

    Guest Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    One extra follow-up for the expert.

    Is the action of just "spraying" the leafs of the non-selective plant, sufficient?

    What action is happening?

    Really no SOAKING of the ground with round-up is necessary for eliminating overgrowths?
  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    hope that helps
  7. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    Be aware that the chances are good that the roots of the shrubs are more than likely sharing the same area as the weeds. I have seen in some cases where the root systems
    grow into or together. Through translocation it is possible to have the shrubs damaged with the use of Round-up. At least it has happened to me on a few occasions.
    easy-lift guy

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