5 Tips To Prep Your Paver Patio For Spring
#1 Check for Repairs – Once the snow and ice has melted take the time to to check all over your patio for any broken pavers, unevenness, or joints that need to be refilled. The benefit of pavers is that they are all individual pieces so removing and replacing them is a cinch.
Tip: Wet the polymeric sand around the paver that needs repair to soften it. Then use a screw driver or putty knife to dig through the polymeric sand and remove the paver. Sprinkle a little stone dust or concrete sand in the void and tamp down, replace with a new paver and refill the joint with polymeric sand.
#2 Spring Cleaning – When you have finished making any necessary repairs its time to give your patio a good spring cleaning. TLC Supply sells quality paver detergents to tackle stubborn dirt or moss.
Tip: Wet your patio and use a diluted mixture of water and detergent with a stiff bristled broom to scrub the pavers and rinse. For more stubborn areas use a pressure washer with a gentle setting.
#3 Consider Sealing – If you are considering sealing your paver patio now is the perfect time to do it. Applying sealer to clean and dry pavers will ensure a better bond between the sealant and the surface of the stone. TLC Supply sells breathable siloxane/silane sealers that will help protect pavers from dirt and minor staining.
Tip: Pavers usually need to be re-sealed every 3-5 years. If you are re-sealing it is important to use the same sealer as originally applied. Different sealers have different formulations and it is critical that the new coat dissolve the original coat in order to bond together properly. If you apply a different sealer you may not get this bond or worse you may have a chemical reaction that could turn the sealant milky. If you are unsure of the sealer previously used it is best to do a small test patch in an obscure area to see how the sealers will react.
#4 Freshen Up Your Landscape – A patio isn’t complete without fresh colorful plants and vegetation! We know it’s no fun but it is important to get rid of those unsightly weeds and remove dead branches from shrubs and trees to make room for new growth.
Make a homemade concoction of water, vinegar, and dish detergent to create an environmentally friendly weed killer.
Tip: If you’re looking to spruce things up come down to TLC Supply and check out how to enhance your garden beds with granite cobblestone edging or build a beautiful retaining wall planter.
#5 Create Some Entertainment – The sun is staying out longer and so should you! Installing a fire pit is an easy way to warm up those brisk spring evenings. Surround your fire pit with outdoor furniture to create a gathering spot that everyone will enjoy.
Tip: TLC Supply has several easy to assemble fire pits that come in an array of colors to match any landscape surround.
You can also make the most out of Spring with fun outdoor games. Visit our Pinterest page for DIY projects and entertaining ideas.