DIY Weed Removal From Your Asphalt Driveways & Concrete Sidewalks

Weeds sprouting in driveways, patios, and sidewalks are a constant source of frustration for most homeowners.

Weeds, particularly perennial weeds with deep roots, tend to reappear frequently. And there could be a lot of weed seeds just waiting to emerge from your pavement in Madison, WI. Weed removal is an ongoing process, but a little weekly maintenance can keep your garden looking beautiful and weed-free.

Compiled with the help of Asphalt experts at Doctor Asphalt LLC, here are some basic and successful DIY methods for controlling weeds and grasses from growing in cracks in pavement surfaces.

Boiling Water

The intense heat of the hot water will wipe out the entire plant down to its root if boiling water is slowly poured on the weed. Apply it in such a way that the roots are well immersed in hot water.


This tried-and-tested strategy remains one of the best to date. You can prevent weeds from re-sprouting by carefully plucking the weeds in such a way that you remove the complete plant. This procedure is more effective for some weeds than others, but it is always easier after rainfall or a garden hose has softened the dirt in the crevices and the underlying soil retaining the roots.

However, keep in mind that it is not a permanent solution; new weeds will undoubtedly develop in the vacant cracks — unless you make an attempt to cover them with some form of patching compound or pavement sealant.

Horticultural Vinegar

Although it may be tough to get in local stores, this vinegar is available online. The acetic acid concentration of this vinegar is 20%. Combine it with phosphate-free dish soap and a few drops of orange oil.

Acetic acid burns the plant’s top growth, stopping it from photosynthesizing. It is corrosive, so use gloves and wear protective clothing and eyewear to prevent it from burning your eyes.

Prevention is better than cure.

The first and foremost thing to remember is prevention is better than cure. If you are careful while your pavement is being installed, you can prevent the weeds from growing in the first place; you won’t have to go through a lot of trouble trying to remove it.

Even if your pavement is already completed, there are still things you can do to prevent weed development, such as applying putty to the brick or paving stone to make it more attractive and to keep weeds at bay. If you’re unable to take care of the cracks on your own, feel free to contact the experts at Doctor Asphalt LLC, serving Madison, WI, for crack filling or other pavement-related services. Get a free pavement quote now.

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