Gardening expert shares quick tip to eliminate weeds between tiles

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.01 - 2023 1:55 PM CET

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Gardening expert shares quick tip to eliminate weeds between tiles.

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We all know the struggle of dealing with weeds that grow between tiles and seem almost impossible to remove. A popular gardener on TikTok has shared a reliable and cost-effective technique to get rid of these pesky weeds in seconds.

The solution, according to the expert, is to pour boiling water directly onto the weeds, which is also an environmentally friendly method.

Boiling water instantly shocks the plant's root system, helping it to loosen within seconds. This means it can then be easily pulled out of the ground with minimal effort.

All you need to do is boil some water in a kettle or pot and pour it into the gaps between the tiles on your outdoor patio. This trick can also be applied to tiled areas elsewhere, such as driveways.

Kills Weeds Immediately

Many avid gardeners who share their weed-killing hacks on Reddit have endorsed the use of boiling water, praising it as one of the most effective methods.

"Don't use toxic substances to kill your weeds; just use boiling water. It works better and kills the weeds instantly," one user on Reddit wrote.

The use of hot water is particularly beneficial when weeds are spread over a large surface area, according to horticulture experts at Iowa State University.

"Boiling water acts as a contact herbicide and only kills the part of the plant it comes into contact with," the educational institution explains.

"It is most effective on young, newly sprouted weeds."

Even if the plant isn't fully removed, it will start to wilt within a day or two after being boiled, whether it's on a garden path or driveway. If the weeds are still too young to be pulled out, applying baking soda will kill them at the root and prevent further growth.

Alternatively, filling the gaps in the tiles with a sealer will create a physical barrier that weeds cannot penetrate, although bad weather may ruin its appearance.

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