Ants In My T Rex Trough!

Do I need to worry?

I went out a while back to check on my huge T Rex Trough and I  found ants! They were running by the hundreds when I pulled up a plant stake! Now what do I do?

ants invading hypertufa

Deja vu!

I was just watering and thought “Oh, I should do an update post since it is looking so nice.” So I started clicking pictures. I picked up a plant marker so that wouldn’t show in the photo, and ants started pouring out!  I could not believe it! AGAIN! Remember that spring I had them in a smaller trough? Post here.

I planted this large hypertufa landscape planter with high hopes that the plants would all do well. And it looks so good! All the plants seem to be doing well and I think it is due to the fact that this hypertufa  is very deep. But maybe that also makes it attractive as a home for ants.


It’s not the same trough as I found ants in earlier, but I am so horrified that I would have this to do over again.  And as you recall, the last time I finally dumped it and started over! I absolutely will NOT do that with this Huge Monster.

I call this hypertufa trough my T Rex Hypertufa because of its size. It is looking really good and has filled in nicely. In fact, I have a lot of plants to separate out and put into new troughs for the spring. Especially the wooly thyme. It is just wonderful. I want to pull off some cuttings and make more starts. It is a nice plant and I want more of it. 

Four Feet Long Hypertufa
Four Feet Long Hypertufa

So I will try with the remedies again. Hydrogen peroxide?  Cinnamon? Pepper? Corn meal?  I had no luck last time, so I am not hopeful.

Gardening is so frustrating sometimes!

But I can’t help myself!  I must garden!  And I must make and plant more hypertufa!  I guess my best option is to learn how to peacefully exist with the ants.

After all, they outnumber me, so they will win any battle.



  1. Thank you for braving the storms of gardening. I believe in “Each One Teach One”.
    My Planting Zone is 7b and I would love to hear/read your post. Thank You and Have a Beautiful Day!

  2. Kim, your troughs are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, Carol. Aren’t we having such wonderful weather? I shouldn’t complain about ants, when we could be in a drought this time of year.

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