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Keeping ahead of the weeds

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by a.june on July 23, 2005 09:13 PM
Season after season I try and take an area around my 1+ acre estate and clear/clean it out! OK so I'm not a phanic but I'm trying. But as I get older I wonder if there isn't a smarter way of keeping ahead of the weeds! It's discouraging to watch the fixed areas go down hill while I'm after the worse areas! [scaredy]
by tkhooper on July 23, 2005 10:00 PM
Mulch will help reduce the amount of weeds and if you till in the spring to soften the soil the weeds that do creep in are easier to pull. It's also much easier to pull them after a good rain.
by BFVISION on July 23, 2005 11:25 PM
I would also think about the type of gardens you are cultivating. Mulch is the [thumb] number one deterent of weeds as well as the type of plants you grow. Are wild flowers an option for some areas? How about ground covers such as ivy and pachasandra?
Weeds can be a pain in the neck [devil] , but it is also good exercise LOL [perplexed] .

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by weezie13 on July 23, 2005 11:50 PM
You can take thick sections of newspaper..
and after you're done weeding...lay the newspaper down, I try to wet it all up first,
then I lay a layer of compost down...
*only cause I have a ton of..*

but, after awhile, if you get enough compost down,
it's sooooooooooooooooooooo easy to weed,
because the dirt is soooooo nice, and pliable and even if the roots get deep, they're soooooo much easier to pull out...

*I love to weed in the rainy overcast days
or after a good rain, they pull out soooooo easy then*

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

by a.june on July 27, 2005 09:25 AM
Mulch is my answer. And I Love that newspaper idea and Mulch! If your gonna do it- go for a look

I would be over flattered to call my work 'cultivating" it's more like hacking, lopping and hedgeing, Edward scisser hands I am not. Bushes 25 years old are overtaking the house if I don't brutlly cut back1

This was fun. Thanks for this messages.
by chefbud on July 27, 2005 06:42 PM
Seems I have this problem, too. This year I started getting our at sunrise each day, pull and hoe for 30-45 minutes. Best time of the day, nice and cool. This has worked well for me. Good Luck!
by Karrie on July 28, 2005 07:39 PM
I got my entire front flower bed weeded yesterday. It is rather large and we just cut the sod on it this year and didnt mulch as much as we should have. Well I feel great now it looks beautiful. I have a nice tan line from the elbow to wrist. T shirt and glove lines! lol I am gonna mulch more and put some news paper in some of the troubled spots. I hate weed barrier paper it prevents spreading and I put in alot of prennials in that I want to spread.

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