Patio expert shares hack to remove weeds with free ‘magic’ solution in minutes

Weeds can be a real eyesore, particularly when they invade your patio or gravelled areas – a problem all too familiar to gardeners dealing with moss.

While there are countless hacks shared by gardening enthusiasts for removing weeds, many involve chemicals that could potentially harm the ecosystem of your garden, patio, or even your favorite plants.

One commonly suggested method is to spray white vinegar on the weeds. However, Simon Wardle, a patio expert at Armstrong Cheshire, has warned against this.

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He said: “This is not always advisable, as the acid can damage the surface of the stones, particularly limestone or concrete pavers, as well as being harmful to wildlife and plants.”

Instead, Simon has a handy trick up his sleeve that’s perfect for us Brits who love a hot drink – using boiling water from your kettle as the “perfect solution”, reports the Express.

Whether you’re dealing with mature or newly sprouted weeds, Simon assures that this simple hack “will remove unsightly weeds from your patio this summer – for free.”

He explained: “This targeted method not only means your patio will end up weed-free, but it ensures there’s no damage to your patio, or the environment, as there is no leftover residue left around.”

“You should start to see results in minutes as the boiling water breaks down the weed – with full results in hours.”

To try out this hack, simply fill your kettle with water and let it boil completely.

Carefully carry your closed kettle to the patio and as close to the weeds as you can and use the spout to aim directly, slowly drenching the weed fully.

Simon instructed gardeners to “wait for the magic to happen” as results appear “in minutes.” Make sure to repeat at the earliest sign of any future weeds.

So why is this hack so effective?

Well, the hot water “scalds the weeds by killing the leaves” which is what gathers light to help the weeds grow and remain strong.

The expert added that the hot water can get into any cracks helping to dislodge and stun the taproot.

While this method is effective on patio, driveway and gravel weeds, there are two areas to never use boiling water on.

Simon urged gardeners to avoid using boiling water on lawn weeds as it “will kill” it. The high temperature often removes protective layers on the leaves and can even affect their roots with repeated exposure.

Gardeners also need to avoid pouring the solution on weeds near their garden plants. Hot water can damage the portions of other plants that it comes into contact with, especially when they’re still young.