How to keep weeds out of a pebble path

Pebble pathways are attractive and often make a landscape look more appealing. Weeds become invasive and can ruin the look of a pebble path. Once the weeds begin to grow, they can multiply and invade the pathway. Removing or killing the weeds will make the pebble path attractive again. Selecting the method that works best for you will make the process less intimidating. Regular maintenance of the pathway will keep it attractive.

Remove the pebbles if possible. Lay down a sheet of landscaping fabric and then place the pebbles on top of it. The landscaping fabric will allow water to penetrate the ground, but it will not let weeds grow.

Wear gardening gloves and pull the weeds from the pebble pathway when you notice them. Discard the weeds in a trash bag.

Apply a commercial herbicide to the weeds. Follow the directions on the herbicide to ensure that you use it properly. Remove the dead weeds within a week.

Bring a pot of water to a full boil on the hob. Pour the boiling water carefully over the weeds -- because you can kill any surrounding vegetation. The weeds will die within one to two days, and then you can remove them.

Pour vinegar with 7 to 9 per cent acetic acid into a spray bottle. Spray the weeds on a hot summer day. Spray the vinegar directly onto the weeds and the roots to kill them naturally.


Rake the pebbles over the bare spots after you remove the weeds.


Always follow the directions on commercial herbicides to prevent damage to other vegetation or to your lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Landscaping fabric
  • Gardening gloves
  • Trash bag
  • Commercial herbicide
  • Cooking pot
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.