Weed expert shares 'immediate' boiling water hack to get rid of weeds on gravel

Gravel path full of weeds
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Weeds have a remarkable knack for flourishing in areas with moisture and minimal sunlight. Over time, gravel can accumulate deposits from rain, dust, bird droppings, and other sources such as rubbish and fallen leaves, creating an ideal environment for weeds to grow and prosper.

Weeds that thrive in gravel or patios originate from seeds dispersed by the wind, transported by animals, or inadvertently carried on people's footwear. These seeds begin to grow and spread their roots when conditions are moist, warm, and humid.

In an exclusive chat with Express.co.uk, gardening expert and CEO of GreenPal shared his preferred methods for tackling gravel weeds, reports the Express. With 22 years in the landscaping industry under his belt, Bryan has learned a variety of techniques to combat weeds in gravelled areas, ranging from eco-friendly approaches to more aggressive tactics. For a natural home remedy, the expert suggests gardeners use boiling water.

He revealed: "One method I've tested out is pouring boiling water on the weeds. The hot water burns the weeds and causes them to wilt and die almost immediately."

Boiling water operates by collapsing the plant's structure and ultimately killing it down to the root. To employ this method, start by boiling water in a kettle and transport it to the gravel area infested with weeds. Don your gloves and exercise caution to avoid accidental burns.

Pour the boiling water directly over the weed from a low height to prevent splashing and so as much of the water targets the weeds Once the weeds have wilted and appear dead, use a screwdriver to loosen the weed's roots and then gently but firmly pull it out.