Tips + tricks for garden paths - cleaning

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Garden paths - cleaning - moss and weedsThe following tips and tricks have resulted from personal experience. They are not binding on an individual case. For the adherence to the tips, we assume no liability.
How much garden path cleaning should it be?
The topic "cleaning of garden paths" must actually be considered and discussed before the installation of a garden path. Every surface of a garden path has different requirements for cleaning, the type of cleaning and the intensity. Here is an overview:

  1. More and more are coming garden paths that look natural, so best that they are not visible at all. You can make such a way out of bark mulch, and if you place a root protection fleece underneath the bark mulch in the excavated gutter decorated with beautiful curb stones, you have also created a very easy-to-maintain garden path. Because the bark mulch rots gradually, a cleaning does not take place, you sprinkle only now and then a little new bark mulch on. If there are a few herbs above you that you do not want to grow, you can almost collect them, because the roots can not be anchored deeper than in the mulch.
  2. Even a loose layer of sand or gravel is still natural, but already more or less designed, depending on the color of sand or gravel you choose. A layer of finer sand or gravel, also spread on root protection fleece, is cleaned by Abharken. If a lot of plant remains have accumulated over the years, so the way in your eyes a little "grubby" acts, you can also make a kind of "general cleaning": Remove a few inches and replace it with fresh sand / gravel.
  3. A paving of coarse gravel is also cleaned by simply raking. However, if this coarse gravel gets older, you will have to live with discoloration from organic material (if you do not want to make it a hobby to pick up and wash each stone) or have to renew the whole pavement as well.
  4. Small paths made of individual stepping stones usually rarely have to be cleaned; they should have a natural flair. However, if you want, you could really clean them piece by piece every few years by cleaning them with a coarse wire brush and perhaps soaking them with the soda-starch mixture recommended for plaster cleaning and then scrubbing them off.
  5. Garden paths with weather-resistant wood flooring or natural stones will eventually set algae. This already looks so greenish after a winter, that every spring a general cleaning is appropriate. However, this can be done with little effort, cost and chemistry: stir a porridge of soda and cornflour by stirring a few tablespoons of cornstarch and 0.1 kg of soda one by one into a saucepan with 5 liters of lukewarm water and boil the whole thing once to let. It should be really nice thick, so this porridge can be applied to soak, in case of doubt, you can add some more cornflour. The warm mass can be applied directly to planks or stones, nice and thick, and then allowed to work for half a day. When scrubbing a lot of dirt with... You need washing soda, sodium carbonate, which is a little stronger than the known as baking soda soda. It would not matter if you caught baking soda, sodium bicarbonate. This also has a cleaning effect, it is only a little more expensive than the washing soda, which is priced at around 2, - € per kg priced hardly.
  6. Also, pavement surfaces need to be cleaned occasionally, how often, depends on when your feeling "nature takes over". Here you can work with the agent just mentioned, the effect of which you can increase even if they add to the above 5 liters 5 grams of potassium permanganate. Potassium permanganate is not very toxic in this use as a cleaning agent, but corrosive, so take really only the few grams, put on the gloves when cleaning and explain immediately when you buy in the pharmacy, how to dispose of remnants of your cleaning products.

No longer appropriate today: Radiant pavement thanks to much chemistry
If you have some kind of pavement as a garden path, you will usually get many very different cleaning tips:
  • The manufacturer of the patch may recommend a special cleanser, which costs considerable sums of money per liter, and contains substances that you would rather not have in your garden.
  • You are recommended in the trade a terrace cleaner, before you buy, write down the name, search the Internet for the safety data sheet and almost faint while reading.
  • On the Internet, there are many tips that you can not follow any uncritical: With the high pressure cleaner you destroy the surface of sensitive stones, the application of salt in the garden is prohibited, and any home remedy with acid can attack the stone.
So do not be blinded by the fact that water and scrubbers are largely contributing to the success of any cleanup, and carefully examine the potential effects on materials and the environment before using any miracle cure.
Especially on damp and shady paths you will find moss after some time. To make the way shine again, you can spray the plates with a high pressure device. It should be ensured that the joints are not damaged and the stone is not damaged. Caution is advised.
The cleaning can be skilfully avoided by using paving bricks or water-repellent stones and slabs. These special plates are only available from specialist dealers. One should inform oneself before the purchase in detail about pros and cons.
Moss and weeds
There are garden paths in which moss and grass grow. This looks mostly nice too. However, it is a constant source of trouble for those who want a grass-free path. Instead of using expensive and environmentally harmful chemicals, you should resort to the removal by hand or use salt, and you should also be careful here, as salt can attack the stone.
In the winter
As written salt can attack the stone, caution is advised in winter especially on terraces. It is best to remove the snow by broom or snow shovel. The paths can be advantageously sprinkle with grit.
Slate tiles are very good for a bio garden. Layed in the sand bed, the uneven stone slabs look very friendly and relaxed. The garden looks more natural and those who want to change the way, can do it quickly, because the plates are partly loose on the ground. Very nice for a Mediterranean garden.
We hope that we have been able to give you a brief insight into paving in the garden in the üRichtig Pflasternü series. Should you have missed a post; visit our overview, there you can switch to each article.

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