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Is Growing Grass between Pavers a Problem?

Is Growing Grass between Pavers a Problem?

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July 6, 2007

There are a number of reasons for growing grass between pavers in your yard or next to your patio area.  Some people like the look of the grass, while others just simply didn't install the pavers in the way they wanted to, and ended up with grassy portions.  Still others like growing grass between pavers because it helps to soften the appearance of the pavers themselves.  But in all likelihood, if you are growing grass between the pavers you installed, it's because you might not have realized how to install the pavers correctly.

So, is growing grass between pavers a problem?  That really depends on what you want to do with your yard.  For most people, the occasional growing of grass is nothing more than a nuisance.  They quickly go to the spot, cut away the grass or pull it out and consider the problem solved.  But if you have aggressive grass or weeds, you might want to consider these possible problems:

• The grass can remain rooted beneath the paver, causing imbalances in the foundation
• The grass can push the paver into another paver or piece of stone, causing it to become damaged
• The grass can become more troublesome and begin to take up more of your time in removing it.

Growing grass between pavers

Inherently, there is nothing wrong with growing grass between pavers, but the time you spend controlling it may be wrong to you.

What you need to do is make sure you are setting the pavers down into a bed of gravel and then a top layer of sand.  These conditions really aren't suitable for grass to grow, so it will help you prevent the grass from ever taking hold.  You will also want to thoroughly pull any grass out that is in that area in order to lessen the chance of future growth.

If you should notice grass growing, you might want to re-lay the pavers or use a chemical to prevent growing grass between pavers.  While this isn't a very natural solution, it can help you maintain a more manicured look in your yard.

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