The Q&A Archives: Grass Growing in Patio

Question: Approximatly a year ago we laid a brick patio. The bricks were laid out in a weave pattern with 2" square openings between the "weave". We then cut sod into the same size and planted it in those openings after filling the openings wtih potting soil. It looked fabulous, and still does. Here is our problem, we have been trimming it with a weed-whacker. This is not only painstakingly slow and tedious but also back breaking, especially for my fiance who has a bulging disc in his back. We are hoping there is an easier quicker way to trim it. The lawn mower doesn't cut it short enough, and now we're afraid the grass will just take over and cover all the hard work we put into laying the bricks and making a lovely patio into a mess. Please help if you can, we would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Answer: I guess I might have looked into a ground cover to fill those holes that was easier to maintain and less invasive....but hindsight is always easier!! I just can't think of any other way to maintain an area like this. Mowing, weed-whacking, and hand trimming are the only options I can think of. I guess you'll need to decide if the aesthetics of the planting justify the hassle in maintaining it. If not, you could remove the sod and replace it with a more suitable ground cover, or simply fill the area between the bricks with crushed stone or sand. It sure is a dilemma! Sorry I couldn't help more.

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