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Gardener's easy weeding hack for paving stones helps nature 'kill them' for you


Gardeners are well aware of the nuisance that weeds can be, but there’s a simple trick to help you eliminate those unsightly shrubs between your patio tiles without having to spend hours yanking them out.

With the sun shining brightly across the UK recently, many of us will be spending more time in our gardens, sprucing them up and giving them a bit of a makeover. Planting new flora and decorating our green spaces is enjoyable, but all gardening enthusiasts know how troublesome it can be to deal with pesky weeds. These unattractive shrubs can proliferate rapidly, spoiling the beautiful aesthetic of our outdoor areas and stealing water and nutrients from our plants.

Weeds look unpleasant anywhere, but they can be particularly problematic when they appear between your patio tiles. Luckily, one gardener has devised an easy method to get rid of them – using an item you probably already have at home.

A gardening enthusiast, better known as @im_no_gardner on TikTok, shares his top tips and hacks for novice gardeners seeking basic advice.Recently, he discussed how to make weeding easy on brick, gravel, and pebbled areas, by using bicarbonate of soda.

He recommends purchasing a large 25 kilogram bag from Amazon for £32. You can also get a smaller packet for £6.99.

The outdoor enthusiast explained: “If you put this [the soda] down on a hot, sunny day with very little wind, what will happen is plants will absorb it as they get damp when it starts to rain bamecause they’re thirsty and because it’s been sunny. That’s nature’s way of killing it [the weeds].”

He demonstrated the method on his garden paving, which was dusted with baking soda. He continued: “Because it’s killed them naturally, the roots and everything will stay in the gaps, preventing anything else from growing. It’s environmentally friendly, it’s safe for wildlife, it’s safe for pets, and it’s safe for children.”

The TikTok user warned viewers to avoid tracking the bicarbonate of soda into their homes or flower beds. His video has garnered over 28,000 likes and hundreds of comments.

One viewer commented: “I’ve just spent three house on my knees weeding the brick paving in one area. Might have to try this for another section.”

Another chimed in with: “I love this,” while another said: “Great post, I’ve been looking for a remedy and I love this idea. Perfect my friend, thank you so much.”

Another fan labelled the trick as “brilliant”. “Will give this a go,” added one other.

“The man is a genius,” another wrote.

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