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How can I dispose of cement pavers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania?

A: Craigslist, curb alert, free pavers. B: By the side of the road, with a sign "free pavers". To really make them move, C: by the side of the road, a sign, "pavers, $2 each" (don't expect the $2, ...
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Paver bricks -- handling weeds without bad chemicals

This is the rare place where a weed torch/flame weeder actually makes sense - though plain old hot water will work as well - and neither will attack your pavers the way that acids will (unless you go ...
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How can I dispose of cement pavers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania?

Sell them on Craig's list or Ebay!! Those things are valuable. Do you have any neighbors with drainage issues, land slides in their back yards? Find a RESTORE type outfit nearby. They'll come and ...
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How to get rid of stubborn grass from interlocking pavement

I'm not a huge proponent of herbicides, but this is one case where glyphosate or a similar product would be very helpful to you. If glyphosate is not available or it you wish to use an organic method, ...
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Paver bricks -- handling weeds without bad chemicals

Try horticultural vinegar. It is a much stronger acid than regular store bought vinegar. You can buy it online. Spray the weeds liberally in the middle of a hot sunny day. Hot direct sun is the ...
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How to get rid of stubborn grass from interlocking pavement

I've found that boiling water will kill the grass for as long as 6 months but you'd probably want to take care that it doesn't also get on the grass that you want to keep growing.
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How to get rid of stubborn grass from interlocking pavement

For my interlocking pavers I spray a liquid product that is advertised as "year long" which contains glyphosate, pelargonic acid and imazapic. It really does last for a year or more with one ...
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Maple root buckling patio pavers

It is not worth modifying the pavers as the root(s) will continue to grow and lift. I can't plant anything in my yard without cutting roots, usually the size of you photo or smaller. I recently (one ...
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Paver bricks -- handling weeds without bad chemicals

I have not had problems with my pavers because they were installed well with almost no gaps (one of the few things a previous owner did right), however white vinegar works as well as other chemicals ...
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Paver bricks -- handling weeds without bad chemicals

If you've got pavers, that suggests block paving (also known originally as paviours), the brick shaped paving often used on driveways and patios, rather than paving slabs - these are never pointed in ...
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Paver bricks -- handling weeds without bad chemicals

[These pavers have spaces between individual pavers? One thing you might do is redo the entire patio floor so there are no spaces. Need to send a picture of paver type and paver bed; how deep is the ...
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Putting patio pavers around a tree

The base rock and leveling sand should not be a problem. The photo below shows crape myrtles (which is what I believe is pictured in your photo) planted in a compacted bed of small crushed gravel and ...
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What could I do to make my terrace more comfortable?

Consider pulling out select tiles and replace them with plants. You can pull out a large section and insert some type of shrub or shade inducing plant to help with the heat. For the rest you could ...
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Will concrete and clay pavers between raised beds leech any harmful chemicals into vegetables?

I think you are worrying about nothing here. Concrete and clay bricks are essentially rock. They don't have any "chemical additives" in them. In fact concrete is alkaline, not acid. If it does have ...
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New paver walkway - grass popping through

Assuming that the area paved was more than just a few feet, and that the company who did the installation installed pavers and not flagstones, then this is NOT normal. The last thing the company ...
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What problems can arise with placing stepping stones/pavers directly on to soil?

I have found that the deciding factor is the size of the stones. Small stones can shift off level or be pushed up with the spring thaw in colder climates. Big stones don't move around so much. The ...
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How to get rid of stubborn grass from interlocking pavement

Another tool is a pressure washer. You can use this as is or use glyphosate and after the die back blast the roots out. The real key to success is to use polymeric sand afterwards to fill in the gaps ...
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How to get rid of stubborn grass from interlocking pavement

Treat with glyphosate. After seven days use a powerful strimmer to physically remove the grass. Make sure stones, etc that may be flung far and wide by the strimmer can't damage anything (including ...
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How to raise pavers by 3 to 5 inches from rest of flat lawn for shed base?

That should work but a lot of work. I would just put something like sand on the grass, then the paver slabs , then the shed. What I did for my 8 X 12 shed is rake the sandy soil and weeds flat and set ...
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What problems can arise with placing stepping stones/pavers directly on to soil?

It depends on the soil. I have done in two different location , but both soils were very sandy. Looked good in place one after 7 years. In the second location much longer ; pathways disappeared under ...
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Are there any complications installing concrete pavers over a natural sand sub-base?

Don't use sand for the third layer, ants love it. A new home close to the surface but protected. Use stone dust which is crushed gravel and commonly available at outdoor supply stores. You can't ...
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Small grain gravel as patio base

I would just rake it level and put pavers down , looks like a good base. I have built two paver patios on essentially the native sand soil , no problems. I also built a 8 'X 12 ' garden shed putting ...
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What could I do to make my terrace more comfortable?

The problem I see as the biggest problem mainly because I am a barefoot nut. Ugh, exposed aggregate is horrible. There is no way to change that other than purchasing a different patio tile; Roman ...
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Will installing pavers help keep the soil cool around trees and shrubs?

I opt for a space of at least 3.5 feet from any planting, and geotextile filter fabric of the non woven variety laid above 3 inches of coarse gravel/crushed gravel(i prefer 3/8"chip), and ...
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Will installing pavers help keep the soil cool around trees and shrubs?

It depends on your zone and climate. Where you have sustained periods of hot weather pavers and flag stone heat up, particularly so if they are dark in colour. The pavers radiate that heat and make ...
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Will installing pavers help keep the soil cool around trees and shrubs?

In Australia I find pavers very well for preserving soil moisture - provided there isn't concrete between them.
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Maple root buckling patio pavers

If you cut or chisel the roots you damage the tree. This close to the tree trunk will cause die back. Raising the soil around the tree will also cause die back unless it's done slowly over a few ...
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Side yard flooded, low spots near patio, nasty bare clay spots.. best route to take?

From what I have been reading of your question, you do have a bit of a drainage problem on your site. An immediate fix would be a 'dry well' off to the side of your lawn. Dig a big hole; 2 to 3 feet ...
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Plants growing between the pavers next to rain drainage

A couple of options: You could use an herbicide like roundup. I recommend saving that as a last resort. You could use a propane flame to burn the plants. This may require multiple applications, but ...
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Plants growing between the pavers next to rain drainage

The plant in the picture appears to be woody at the base, which strongly suggests its a shrub or tree. In looks vaguely similar to Buddleia, but it doesn't have enough growth to be sure. Whatever it ...
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