How to treat your patio for a new Mexican summer

Summer may be over but there’s still time to do some last minute home maintenance. Something that shouldn’t ever be overlooked is your outdoor patio. It’s easy to think that once installed a stone patio needs no more maintenance then a light sweep every few days. Do nothing but that and you’ll soon see what the problem is with that. Moss and weeds will build up through the cracks and the stones will become filthy to the point where you’ll feel embarrassed to take guests out back. It doesn’t have to be that way.

When I had my patio installed last year by the guys at Centuria Masonry I made the same mistake. At first I figured that using the power washer would be enough to give it a good clean but within a few weeks it was back to the way it was. Up until then I’d tackled it all the wrong way but once I learned a few helpful tips my patio maintenance got much easier. Read on to see how I did it.

Use polymeric sand to prevent weeds

You can find this stuff in any hardware store, usually located near the landscaping section. You can get some surprising benefits out of this stuff such as:

  • Prevents weeds from growing between stones
  • Stops insects from living between the stones and possibly finding a way into your home

Before applying the polymeric sand, you need to first remove the weeds and moss that is already between your paving stones. You can do this either by hand or using a scraper. It might also be a good idea to clean your patio first before starting as any power washing will just blow the sand away.

You have two ways of applying the sand between the stones. Either use a small cup to pour it between the cracks or pour a large quality directly on the stones and use a broom to sweep it into the cracks. It’s important that when finished you remove all the excess sand as it has a colorant that can stain the stones. A leaf blower works best for this. You can finish off then by using a garden sprayer to lightly mist the stones and polymeric sand. When finished you should leave your patio clear for 24 hours.

Kill weeds with natural vinegar

Instead of spending your money on expensive store bought weed killers you can use a much more effective method. This is very easy to mix up and use, it’s also much more effective when used correctly. It’s recommended that you spray any weeds that pop up during the daylight hours, always better when the sun is at its brightest and hottest. Between 12 to 3 is the best time for this and you’ll see the results by the next day. Anytime you see a few weeds popping up apply this solution and your problem is solved.