July 30, 2010
Is it just me or have the weeds taken over? I’m out weeding every day and these little weeds keep coming back. So today I enlisted the shovel and just started digging them up at the root. What’s your best weeding trick? Kids, shovels, bare hands?
I invite my mom over to babysit. She’s declared that weeding is “therapeutic” to her so I do all I can to help her with that therapy! 😉
Actually, I find if I set the timer for 30 minutes and work like a madman I can get a lot done. By the time the timer goes off the girls are busy playing something outside so I’ll normally set it for another 30 minutes if there is a lot to do.
Clean Mama Says
Skruger – Ha! Great ideas – I need to find someone that finds weeding therapeutic 😉
My husband was genius enough to put landscaping paper down in our beds in the front yard. It does a great job and keeps most of the weeds at bay while still letting in the moisture to feed the plants/bushes. Of course, we don’t have lots of flowers in the beds either. Mostly green bushes, but we don’t have to do much weeding! :^)
In with the Old Says
If you have a veggie garden and it is not as important how it looks, my family always used a very country method. We’d soak old newspapers in a bin full of water and spread them out over the garden. After that, we would cover the newspaper with grass clippings. When we did that at the very beginning of the summer, we NEVER had to weed a thing.
With our new house, we are trying mulch out and it is working well, but there is no way I can get enough to fill our entire garden, flower areas and fruit trees. I think I’m going to have to resort back to the gold old fashioned country way of wet newspapers (they kill the weeds with the darkness while still keeping moisture in for the plants). Plus, they decompose!!! At the end of the season after we pull the dead plants up, we just rototill and by the planting season, the garden is ready to go again!
Clean Mama Says
In with the Old – I love this idea – never heard of it! Thanks for sharing!
Preen in the spring.
Check out http://www.eattheweeds.com