Weeds can be really irritating, and they seem to find their way everywhere. If you’re looking into new driveway materials, you might find yourself wondering: do weeds grow through resin driveways?
Here’s what you need to know.
What causes weeds to grow?
Weeds are what is known as opportunistic plants, which means that they will grow whenever they find suitable conditions. Weed growth is common anywhere that has space – sometimes this means driveways. All they need is a seed and some space, and they can grow.
Can weeds grow through resin bound driveways?
According to Resin Crew, resin bound driveways are considered to be weed resistant. This means that weed growth shouldn’t be possible. Sometimes, however, resin bound surfaces can still allow weed growth. There are occasionally little pockets of water in resin bound stone and resin driveways, and weeds can find space in those pockets to grow. Alternatively, sometimes weeds grow on the surface of a resin driveway when a seed lands there and begins to sprout.
It is not common for a resin driveway to have too much of an issue with weed growth, but it is not unheard of and it can cause cracks in the resin. Luckily, there are things you can do to remove the weeds from resin driveways and prevent them from ever forming on the resin driveway to start with.
What can I do to stop weeds growing through resin bound surfaces?
When weeds grow on the surface of a resin driveway, they will usually be unable to grow for long. This is because of the porous nature of resin driveways which allows water to leave the material much quicker than any other driveway surface. As a result, weeds become starved of water on the resin driveways, and that leads to the weeds dying.
If you don’t want to wait for the weeds to die, there are things that you can do to rid your resin bound surface of weeds. For example:
Cleaning your resin bound surfaces regularly
While resin surfaces are weed resistant, failing to clean them regularly can lead to weed growth as the channels that the water use can become blocked, allowing weeds to grow on the resin bound stone surface.
To prevent this from happening, you will need to make sure you’re cleaning and maintaining your resin bound surface on a weekly basis. To clean your resin surfaces, you’ll need to do the following.
Sweep the surface regularly
Using a stiff brush, you should sweep debris away from the surface regularly. This will stop any tiny seedlings from forming, and will make sure any dirt is swept away and not left to be absorbed into the permeable and porous resin.
The resin driveway surface, when possible, should be kept clean from debris. The wind can blow tiny seedlings onto it, and so even if you have no plants directly next to your driveway, weeds can still find their way there. Sweep it away to keep your resin bound driveway weed free.
Use a pressure washer
You can also use a pressure washer to clean your block paving and remove surface weeds and other dirt. This is a great way to maintain your resin bound surfacing.
Can moss and algae grow through resin bound stone?
Moss and algae don’t regularly grow on resin surfaces, but they can. This is more likely to happen on resin surfaces that are in the dark or damp. It is particularly prone to grow in damp spaces, and can be really unsightly if left untouched.
What can I do to stop moss and algae growth?
If you’ve noticed mould and algae growing on your resin surface, you might be fretting, but there are a few things that you can do. First and foremost, to prevent the mould from growing in the first place it is important that you clean your resin surfaces on a regular basis. Due to the resin’s permeable and porous nature, it can sometimes get blocked up if not cleaned thoroughly, and this can create the ideal environment for moss and algae to grow.
It is also important to remove debris regularly, as often what you think is algae or moss growing is just debris and can be brushed off. This can help to prevent blocking, too.
If you’re really worried about mould and algae, you can use an algae killer or fungicide on the resin bonded driveways when you clean them. However it is important to be careful not to use it without testing it on an inconspicuous patch first. That way you will be able to make sure that it does not harm the resin surface.
Tips and tricks for preventing moss and weed growth
If you’re concerned about what might start growing on the resin surface, then there are a few things that you can consider. For example:
- Using weed killer can help making the removal much easier
- Cutting plants and shrubs back from your driveway to prevent weeds
- Move your car’s position on a regular basis so that not one section of the driveway is left in the dark too long
- Hosing down resin driveways can work well in place of a pressure washer
- If you’re not sure how to clean your resin driveways, consult the person who installed them
- Commercial weed killer can damage resin so it is always important to test it first