What have I been doing these last few months? With the winter weather as mild as it's been I've been ignoring the fact that my landscaped beds have been taken over by weeds. And I DO mean weeds. I could just kick myself. I could've been spending a few minutes here and there yanking weeds. Now it's full steam ahead weed season and it's crazy out there kids!
The front yard wasn't nearly as bad as the back yard. But that's because we've put mulch down every year so the pulling, yanking and tugging was easy.
These back beds haven't had any new mulch tossed onto them in probably 5 years. Any extra cash we had was going into the garden. So is it any surprise that the weeds have got a stranglehold? I was shocked to see that it was pretty much bare dirt. And yanking a weed from bare dirt is near impossible.
In the past the mulch has helped to suppress any weeds and now it almost feels like I have to start all over again from scratch. I told SM that I won't be creating any new "natural" areas around the shed and along the fence line like I'd hoped to this year. Maybe this Fall. Right now it's an emergency situation and the fabric and mulch are instead going in the established beds. If I don't get control of these weeds now it'll be a free-for-all later.
So I spent several hours bent over, blood rushing to my head in 80 degree heat. I filled up 3 (count em) THREE trash cans. And that's only tackling an area that's about 12x12.
Why is it that in early spring 80 degrees feels like 100? My blood is still thick from Winter I guess. All I could think of when I was yanking the weeds, hanging upside down getting delirious, was that song...I fought the law and the law won." (The "law" being Mother Nature. Ya gotta hand it to the old girl, she's certainly kicking my ass.)
SM asked what I planned to do with all the weeds I'd pulled. Other than tossing them in the trash...any suggestions? We're thinking of letting them dry out and then burn them. I think the neighbors would notice if I just tossed them over the fence. This is when living out in the country with a bit of land would come in handy. I could just take it out to the woods and dump it. Yep. I'd be one of those folks with a "I don't know what to do with it so I'll just toss it here" patch.
Then again, if I lived out in the country I certainly wouldn't be fussing with a landscaped "suburban" yard so this would all be a moot point anyway.
Where's that goat when you need one?