Gardening expert reveals easy hack to kill weeds from your driveway cracks

WEEDS can really ruin your garden if you let them run riot.

Luckily, we've got some top tips to help you rid them from your land forever.

The Royal Horticultural Society shared their wisdom on the unwanted garden terrors.

Weeds in cracks can be harder to get rid of because they’re not easily pulled out by hand.

So you need the right tools to kill them from the root up.


A trowel or fork can be good to use in beds and borders, but they don’t fit in tight cracks.

Instead, the experts suggest using dandelion weeders or a block paving knife on weeds in patios or paving.

Smaller weeds only need a block paving brush to be taken out.

Hoes can easily tackle shallow-rooted weeds.

On gravel drives, use your hoe on a dry day to kill shallow-rooted weeds.

Flame guns or flame weeders can work on also hard surfaces, especially in warm dry weather.

The heat rips apart the plant cells, forcing it to die back. 

Two applications is best; the first should cause the leaves to change colourand another blast a week later, should burn the dead leaves.

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White vinegar solution

Instead or harsh, chemical laden weed killers and herbicides, try using natural methods such as white vinegar.

White vinegar has acetic acid which sucks moisture out of weeds.

Pickling vinegar has a higher concentrate of acetic acid so is the most effective.

Mix white vinegar with salt and washing up liquid to make a weed killer.

Put in a spray bottle and apply it generously to the unwanted weeds.

Seal the cracks

Once the weeds are gone, seal the cracks with the same stuff you used on your drive to stop them popping up again.

Weeds can return to cracks if they’re not sealed properly.

Boiling water

Another altenative to strong weed killers or homemade solution is boiling water.

It’s eco-friendly, natural, the cheapest option and it won’t impact the surrounding plant environment.

The hot temperature should kill the plant instantly.

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