weeds growing through rocks

Weeds growing through rocks

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Even through rock mulch and gravel, weeds will somehow find a way to grow. Luckily for you, these can be handled like weeds in any other part of your garden. You can spray a chemical killer, pull them by hand, or use a variety of household materials to help keep your yard free of these plant pests.

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This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz and by wikiHow staff writer, Hunter Rising. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014.

Weeds growing through rocks

To apply salt in small areas as a form of weed control, we recommend dissolving 1 cup of salt in 3 cups of boiling water. Once the salt has dissolved, pour the saltwater on the desired area. This method keeps salt from blowing away during the spreading process.

Pebbles are an excellent ground covering. They come in different colors and sizes, can be used in many different areas, and suppress unwanted plant growth. However, some pesky weeds can grow quickly through pebbles and pea gravel.

So, you want to destroy weeds growing through your pebbles but you want to do it without introducing chemicals or salt to your yard? Your answer is here—flame weeding.

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Often, you want to make sure no plants grow in pebble-covered areas. For those purposes, we recommend Roundup 365. It not only kills any existing weeds, but it also prevents plants from growing in that area for up to 1 year after spraying. It’s a great option for fighting back against pebble-invading weeds.

There are several good weed killers that will get rid of weeds growing through pebbles. Glyphosate-based weed killers, such as Roundup, are good for killing weeds in pebbles because glyphosate kills the weed membrane and washes out of the soil relatively quickly. As long as you don’t spray any nearby desired plants with Roundup, they should be unharmed.

8 Tips on How to Stop Weeds from Growing Through Pebbles

Simply boil a kettle and pour it out on the weeds you wish to kill. Boiling water destroys plant cuticles and essential systems, killing them. While this method may be effective on a few dandelions growing in your gravel driveway, it’s probably not optimal for weed control in large areas.

To get rid of weeds in pebbles quickly, you can apply weed killer, salt, or boiling water. In order to prevent future weed growth in pebble-topped areas, you can lay landscape fabric, install a border around your pebbles, or top your pebbles off until it they are 3–5 inches deep. There are even more drastic measures, such as preparing your soil with sand and/or mulch before laying landscape fabric and pebbles, as well as flame weeding. We’ll discuss all of these methods so you can choose the best way to keep weeds out of your pebbles.