How to Keep your Brick Patio Weed Free

Brick Patio Weed Control

In researching this article, I found one instance where a homeowner was so incensed by the weeds in her patio that she set fire to them with a blowtorch!

Luckily, several items provide better service as a weeding tool and there are several better alternatives for brick patio weed control.

Of course, the best method of brick patio weed control is proper installation of your brick patio.

Start with an under-layment of pea gravel, topped by a layer of sturdy landscape cloth and cover with it with a layer of sand.

This will give your brick patio a firm footing as well as cramp the style of any weeds in the area.

Nevertheless, if your brick patio is already installed and running rampant with weeds, here are some tips to help you succeed in to keep it weed free without a lot of agonizing work.

First, to make your brick patio weed control plan a success, implement your plan before weeds flower. This keeps weeds from going to seed and helps make a short-term plan last for a longer time.

For the following tip and other tips that involve weed dousing of one sort or another, use a piece of cardboard or scrap of Plexiglas to protect nearby plants.

One of the best ways to kill a vegetable of any kind is to cook it.

Boiling water is a natural and very inexpensive weed-wilter and works to kill most forms of annual weeds. It also kills or weakens many types of perennial weeds.

A teakettle is your weeding tool. Fill it with water and bring it to a boil. While you’re waiting (because a watched pot never boils, you know!) go outside and cut the culprits down to their crowns.

When the water begins to boil, grab the kettle (using a potholder) and pour the water on the crowns of the weeds, holding the kettle high enough only to avoid splashing. Killing weeds with boiling water will also scald any biological organisms that get splashed, but more will return as soon as the soil cools.

Vinegar will kill most weeds. However, grocery store vinegar is normally a 5% solution and is too weak to do the job. Ten-percent vinegar will kill most weeds and usually is found where canning and pickling supplies are sold.

A 20% solution of vinegar kills really stubborn weeds, but is frequently more than twice as expensive as 10%. Try to control the weeds with the 10% before you make the investment in a stronger solution.

Spray the vinegar directly on the weeds, using the shield mentioned above and taking care not to inhale fumes. You may also want to wear gloves and eye protection as a further safeguard.

In my experience these measures will keep all brick patio’s free from weed without a lot of back breaking work.

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Killer Quit Smoking Weed Plan

There are various tips, tricks and techniques to help you quit smoking weed. Certain things that you can do to make quitting much easier, but first we must need to know what were doing. In this article I’d like to give you some information that will hopefully be an asset to you when you quit smoking weed.

Have a plan

Decide what your going to do, when your going to do it by and don’t skip the details. Be as specific as possible about what you intend to do. Then most importantly, do it. By now I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about so heres an example plan.

Quit smoking weed two weeks from now. (Have a specific day)
Change associations
Practice self discipline
Cut down on smoking weed for the two weeks
Try to get some weak hash or weak weed for the second week
Continue to cut down on the weak hash/weed
Begin new activity or hobby
Keep busy and stay active
Eat enough fruit and vegetables to help clear the system
Stay away from temptations. Like going round friends who smoke weed or being around weed or stress

Just to be clear I want to explain the bullet points in more detail.

Change associations

When do you usually smoke weed? Do you smoke in the morning first thing or as soon as you get home from work? Do you like to smoke whilst you whilst gaming or walking the dog? Whatever you are usually doing when you smoke, it’s time to change it. Why? Because it doesn’t take long for your brain to associate getting home and getting high so that the first thing you think of when you get in is ‘time for a joint.’ The same thing goes for waking up in the morning or any of the other associations you might have. If your like I was then you may wake up in the morning and the first thing you think is ‘weed.’ See, that’s a bad association, associating waking up with getting high. I’m obviously not pointing the finger here, I was this bad at one point. Yet I managed to quit smoking weed and so can you.

Self Discipline

Self discipline begins on the first day when you set your ‘quit smoking weed date’ and gets stronger everyday until you have completely quit. Reading this takes discipline, changing an association takes discipline and cutting down will take discipline. Building up until you quit smoking weed, but it doesn’t stop there because everyday you don’t smoke is a day that you strengthen your will power. (I didn’t want to say discipline again)

Smoke Weak Weed or Weak Hash

Not the most professional advice I have ever given but smoking weak hash or weak weed will help you get used to smoking and not getting as high. That’s a good thing if your trying to quit.

Cutting Down

This is a highly recommended, though not essential by any means. Cutting down before you quit smoking weed will mean that you get used to feeling ‘normal’ instead of feeling high all the time. Don’t forget that although you might only feel buzzed for an hour after smoking, you still have side effects of smoking for hours and often days after your last joint. By cutting down you will get use to feeling ‘normal’ which can be a bit of a shock if you are like I used to be. By smoking less you will also increase your will power and even at this point you will get a taste of the benefits when you start to think clearly and feel more energetic.

Begin a new activity or hobby

It’s important to keep your mind occupied when you quit smoking weed otherwise you might not be able to get it off your mind. Any form of physical activity will help by relieving stress, keeping you busy and getting rid of any cravings you have. It will also help you sleep better at night. Any other activity or hobby you have will also take up some time and keep you distracted whilst you are quitting. Anything to keep your mind off the fact that you want to smoke.

Of course there are techniques to lower your cravings and even some that will make you not want to smoke weed at all. I was a chronic smoker for six years and using these techniques allowed me to quit. What surprised me more was that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, there were small cravings but it would have been harder to smoke than it was not to smoke. Go to [] to learn more.

Natural Herbicide: Why Is It So Effective Against Weeds?

There is a large movement towards organic, and away from chemicals, with the strange belief that organic is less effective. That’s simply not true. Corn gluten meal isn’t just good for an organic product; it’s the best of any product. Here are 7 things you need to know about this natural herbicide.

What it does: This corn by-product is a powder that attacks and dries up the roots of seedlings. When a weed first sprouts, the root withers and the plant dies. Killing before the weed becomes a plant is the best solution. Now you don’t have to pull it out by hand or worry about getting all the roots out.

Easy to use: Apply on your yard and water in, following the package directions. No need to wear gear to protect you from chemicals and no need to keep animals or people off the area. It’s an easy, safe, simple, natural herbicide.

Works on many pest plants: From crabgrass to dandelions, lambsquarters and bentgrass, this will stop them all from starting. It’s so effective, it will even work on grass seed, so be sure to use it on an established lawn and wait 60 days before overseeding.

Safe for all environments: Not only can you use your yard immediately and safely, there is no danger of run-off to streams with this natural herbicide. It’s not a pollutant of any kind; it’s just a food by-product that works on weeds before they start.

It’s also a fertilizer: Making life even easier, this is a true weed and feed. With 9% nitrogen, which lasts up to 3 months, your adult plants will be well-fed. Not only will they no longer have to compete with weeds, they’re getting food at the same time. You save a step by having these two benefits in this natural herbicide.

What not to do: The only 2 things to avoid are planting seeds and poking holes. Since this works by drying up new roots, any seeds you plant will also be attacked. Corn gluten meal behaves like a blanket of protection over your yard, so avoid punching holes in it. If you plan on aerating, choose a different time to do so.

Timing is everything: To everything there is a season, even for weeds. Plan your attack for the time of year that your plant pest sprouts. For example, crabgrass is active in the spring, and that’s the time to apply this preemergent. Dandelions are active in the spring and fall, so you can apply at either time or both.

Science is bringing us new tools every day, and not all of them are polluting chemicals or second-best choices. Corn gluten meal is a great example of a scientific discovery that’s a huge benefit in the war on weeds. It is organic, easy to use, safe for people and pets, and effective. There is no ‘settling’ for the best in organic products, this natural herbicide is the best choice of all.

You can find this natural herbicide on my website.

There, you’ll find tips and tricks for getting the greenest, fullest lawn possible. You’ll also find business packages, tools and equipment for all your lawn care needs, whether you are a homeowner, property manager, or full-time lawn care professional.

Basic Tips for Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding should be fun and exciting. However, if you don’t do the proper research and stay within your budget things can go bad in a hurry. What you need is to keep things well organized and simple. Here are some tips to help make sure your weeding plans go smoothly.

1. The first thing you should decide is how big and complex you want your wedding to be. Do you want a small wedding? Or would you rather have a big wedding? You need to make sure both you and your partner are on the same page and agree on things. Prepare to make some compromises.

2. Decide on a good theme for your wedding. This includes how people will dress, food, location, and decorations.

3. How much can you really afford. There is no reason to go all out on a wedding if you cant afford it. This could lead to some really big problems with your families and you as a couple.

4. Do you want to hire a wedding planner? Wedding planners are certainly great and do a good job. But there not necessary either. Be sure if you do hire one that they don’t get you spending allot more money then you originally planned.

5. Don’t wait to long to get your plans in order. This is something that you must start taking care of. Start booking locations, getting invitations ready, and find your dress. Planning a wedding takes time and work. You need to set a date and get at it. If you don’t you might find a year or two go by and your still not married.

If you follow some of these basic tips I think you will find things to along smoothly. Soon you will be off on your honeymoon with your sweet heart.

How to Control Weeds in Your Landscape

Weed management and your landscape

How do weeds end up in your landscape? Most weeds travel to your yard by means of wind, birds, rain, application of soil amendments, transported soil, garden seeds that are not weed-free, or gardeners with seeds already on their clothing. They will always be present in your landscape, but with appropriate planning and management, your landscape will be able to thrive as a lawn or established garden without the hassle of overgrown weeds.

Most weeds will grow in unhealthy lawns. Weeds thrive in conditions where regular landscape care is not maintained. For example, regular weed control, soil improvements (adding compost or mulch), consistent watering, and application of fertilizer will greatly improve your chances of owning a weed-free landscape.

How to improve your chances for a weed-free landscape:

Develop a landscape plan. Your landscape plan should include areas in your yard conducive to sun/shade requirements, problem areas where soil is exposed to sunlight (which increase chances for weed seed germination).

Remove all established weeds from your landscape. Weeds can be removed by digging or pulling. Direct removal of weeds and spot-application of herbicide treatments increase your chances for long-term improvement to your landscape while protecting the surrounding ecosystem. Pesticides and herbicides should be used as a last resort towards controlling weeds in your landscape. Most landscapers will be able to determine which lawn management program is best for your landscape. Before applying any type of pesticide or herbicide your landscaper should properly identify the type of weeds present in your yard. Most weeds have distinct characteristics pertaining to growth habits and appearance. Common weeds include: annual weeds, winter annuals, summer annuals, perennials, broad leaf weeds, and grasses.

Annual weeds live for one year and will germinate from seed. Crabgrass is an annual weed that can be prevented by planting healthy sod in bare patches, cutting your lawn at 2 ½ to 3 inches high, and maintaining a thick and healthy lawn with existing shade trees. These applications will prevent further germination of weed seeds.

Perennial weeds will live for more than two years and frequently lie dormant around summer months and reappear during the fall. Common perennial weeds include Quack grass and Dandelions. For Quack grass the area should be treated with a glyphosate (familiar brands include Roundup or Kleenup), the soil should be tilled and replanted within a week.

Establishing control measures to ensure a weed-free landscape such as eliminating seedlings that take root in your landscape, forming a prevention landscape maintenance plan, repeating your weed prevention plan every year, and maintaining dense turf growth in landscapes are all ways you can reduce the amount of weeds in your landscape.

Should I Quit Weed Cold-Turkey Or Cut Down Gradually?

A common question people often ask when they first quit weed, is “Should I quit weed cold turkey or cut down slowly?”

Look at it this way; the two contrasting options when quitting weed are obvious:

Stop smoking weed cold turkey
Stop smoking weed slowly or cut down gradually

Each has advantages, however one of them is clearly the right way to go about quitting weed. Let’s look at both strategies to determine which one will cause you the least discomfort in your efforts to quit.

Quitting Weed Cold Turkey

To stop smoking weed cold turkey means that one day you simply stop, and never look back. The plan is to never smoke again and people are satisfied to take on all withdrawals at once, knowing that it is only going to be once.

Like they say: Do it one time, and do it properly.

It is very easy to plan to quit cold turkey, although you need to make a plan for the onset of withdrawals and decreased stress tolerance. You may not be the nicest person in this time.

PROS: Less planning
CONS: More stressful (if you don’t know what you are doing!)

Quitting Marijuana Gradually

To slowly cut back is the opposite. You hope to experience more bearable withdrawals for a longer time, this way the hurdle of quitting altogether seems lowered and you have more chance of success in the long run – that’s the thinking behind it anyway.

PROS: More planning and discipline
CONS: Less stressful, although it may not work

Which Method Works For Often For More People?

Although different people employ different strategies to cope with marijuana addiction, the fact is that one of these ways works far more often than the other – on almost every person.

Believe it or not, when it comes to stopping a marijuana addiction, cold turkey is the answer.

Cold turkey is definite. There is not a lot to contemplate after you have passed your ‘quitting date’.
Quitting gradually may seem easier at the beginning (obviously – you haven’t even quit yet) but many people fail in the long run when they try this tactic. It’s almost a trap!

Don’t cigarette smokers cut back slowly to help them quit?

Yes they do, although it would be wise of you not compare a marijuana addiction to a nicotine addiction. Chemicals in nicotine are purely physical addictions, fueling a physical need in the consumer.

Marijuana’s strength and cravings lie mainly in the psychological addictions it creates in users. This will keep you coming back to weed, and this is what you will need to deal with primarily in order to quit. Do yourself a good deed, quit weed cold turkey.

What if you can’t quit weed?

If you need to quit weed but have trouble doing it on your own, make sure to check out this quit weed guide. This course uses useful methods such as a Natural Marijuana Detox and other modern strategies to help you change your perception of the drug and quit weed easily.