Having put this off for as long as I could, I decided to tackle this mess last week. See that vine at the top of the fence? It is still there. Leaves of three and I let it be. I told the men to spray it and kill it and then remove it so that I can paint the fence. In spite of my caution, I still itch.
Much better. I could still pull more weeds, but, instead I will cover them with newspaper and plant on top of them. I have already added two flats of mums, just forgot to get a picture. I could use several flats more.
Another "before" shot. The creeping Charlie is trying to take over and that is exactly what I want it to do. I just had to get to the lilies and pull all the spent stems and dead leaves out and then attack the weeds trying to push through the ground cover.
Every year I have to tackle a persistent vine that weaves it's way into my tall grasses and lilies and threatens to strangle them. This year is no different. Tall weeds and milk weed, too. I try to leave the milkweed for the butterflies, but butterflies also like cosmos ……
When I finally finished and had the last of the weeds raked away to be picked up by kamper Alex, it was so satisfying to mow my barrier next to the garden. The men are not allowed to mow close with the zero turn. They sling grass into the garden. I maintain a three swipe perimeter with my push mower.
My hands ache from my recent efforts, but it was worth it. I need more mums to plant, but that will require a trip to get them. Instead I will just sit here for a bit and then go wash dishes to soak my stiff fingers in hot water. I like to multi-task, you know!