Have you ever noticed grass growing in the cracks of your driveway, sidewalk or patio?
This is so common that some people feel that their grass grows more effectively in these kinds of areas than their lawn! These cracks have their own small microclimate that allows for the perfect grass growing conditions. In order to understand why your grass grows so well in the cracks of the pavement, you should consider the following points:
#1. Organic matter and soil are often found in cracks in the pavement.
Not many people realize it, but there is actually a surprising amount of organic matter and soil in the cracks of driveways and sidewalks. These cracks are often the perfect place for weed and grass seeds to grow.
#2. Moisture remains a lot longer in the cracks.
When moisture seeps into the cracks in your sidewalks and driveway, it remains a lot longer because the pavement prevents it from evaporating. The pavement acts like mulch, holding the moisture inside the soil, which is ideal for grass growth.
#3. Dark-colored driveways retain more heat.
If you have a dark colored driveway, you may notice green grass growing long after it has gotten too cold for the rest of your grass to grow. This is because dark-colored driveways absorb sunlight, plus it keeps the soil underneath it at a much warmer temperature.
Now that you know what causes the grass in your cracks of your driveway, sidewalk and patio, it is time for you to learn how to get rid of it! Stay tuned for our Grand Junction lawn care expert’s next blog to learn more!