Unwanted plants like ivy, crabgrass, and moss play a significant role in attracting pests. In particular, weeds are an ideal nutrition source for insects such as flies, termites, and gnats. It’s worth noting that the situation gets worse in the fall. Before the season hits, pluck all weeds in and around your stones. Most importantly, pull weeds by their roots to avoid regrowth after a short time. If plucking fails to reduce weed growth, consider using safe pesticides for a long-lasting solution. You can dilute liquid soap with water and spray it directly on visible insects like aphids. The chemical concentration disrupts the bugs’ membranes, killing them instantly.
Use Less Mulch
Many people use mulch as a complement to their landscaping rocks. Mulch enhances the quality of soil while providing garden plants with a steady supply of nutrients. However, given that mulch consists of organic components, this makes it an ideal breeding ground for bugs. Create a barrier on top of your mulch to keep it covered. Place decorative rocks such as river rock or Mexican beach pebble at least six inches high. Avoid using wood borders, as they attract pests such as ants and termites. The beauty of this tactic is it enhances your landscape’s appeal while keeping pests at bay.
Cut Down on Lighting
It’s common to find insects amassed around bright lights. This natural phenomenon is known as phototaxis, which is the movement of organisms toward or away from light. If you have landscape lighting near your stones, be wary of insects like flies and moths. Solutions include minimizing the use of light bulbs and installing yellow-colored bulbs. Also consider using citronella candles around your lighting source. For ages, this homemade solution has been a successful way to keep bugs away.
Pests will always find shelter in an unkempt environment, whether it’s deep in grass, flowers, or bushes or among your decorative rocks. If you don’t cut plants routinely, they can become magnets for bugs. If possible, do away with foliage that collects water on its leaves. These types of plants not only attract mosquitoes, but they also serve as a source of drinking water for other pests. Introduce insect-repelling plants like basil, lavender, and catnip.
No matter what type of stones you choose, keeping pests away from them will maintain your landscape’s character and beauty. For expert advice on designing and maintaining your landscape with rocks and pebbles, reach out to the experts at RS&P Rocks Stones & Pebbles, a premier landscape rock and supply superstore. We specialize in drought-tolerant landscaping materials, including a variety of colored pebbles and river rock. To learn how we can help you create the landscape of your dreams, call us today at (866) 380-0580.