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Ask Annie: Away With Walkway Weeds

Ask Annie: Away With Walkway Weeds

Dear Annie,

Do you have a good non-toxic way to kill the weeds that are growing up between my stone walkway?

Pat B, TN

Dear Pat,

It is always convenient to forget about weeds, especially the ones that grow up between stones and masonry in walkways and patios. I remember my stepfather spending hours in the summer pulling weeds out of the pebble driveway. He’d actually lie down to do it. I hope he had some rest and relaxation benefit, because otherwise, what a way to spend a lovely Saturday afternoon!

A thought occurred to me the other day about the weeds poking up on a stone walk I have, and that is to sprinkle the gaps between the stones with a low growing flowering groundcover like thyme. This way the “weeds” would be colorful and add a lot to the general ambiance. This technique would be in the lines of a “be smart” approach, such as changing the material of the walkway or patio to block the weeds to begin with.

Otherwise, the best I can offer for helping to remove weeds from these high attention areas is to pour straight 5 percent white distilled vinegar on the weeds (make sure not to pour this on flowers), or simple boiling water. Both have worked for me. Be persistent!

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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12:37PM PDT on May 14, 2013

Love the walkway...thanks 4 the info!

2:49AM PDT on May 4, 2013


1:26PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

thanks for the article

1:22PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:58AM PST on Feb 11, 2013


6:24AM PST on Jan 30, 2013


6:22AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thanks for the advice.

4:46AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thanks for this article.

7:30PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thanks for the post. I'll have to try that vinegar.

6:19PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Boiling water and vinegar kill earthworms and pillbugs. What a horrible way to die.

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