Keep on Top of Weeding Chores: Oh ... and don't I know it!!

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Keep on Top of Weeding Chores

By dahtzu
September 18, 2011

Procrastination lets weeds get the upper hand.

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plantladylin
Sep 17, 2011 6:09 PM CST
dahtzu: Isn't that the truth ... and I have a few flower beds to prove it!

gingin: That photo could be one of my flower beds! Big Grin I swear it seems like I work for hours pulling, digging, tugging weeds ... and the next morning I go out and look and it's like they multiplied while I was sleeping, making me wonder if I just dreamed that I had worked so hard!
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Dutchlady1
Sep 17, 2011 6:35 PM CST
And then it gets to the point where you can't find the plants anymore LOL!!
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KyWoods
Sep 17, 2011 7:20 PM CST
I'm working on pulling the really invasive ones before they set seed!
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imapigeon
Sep 17, 2011 8:54 PM CST
I usually just cut/pull their little nasty heads off as a "first aid" treatment if I can't get out to pull the roots.
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Sep 17, 2011 9:52 PM CST
Oh boy -howdy, that pic ain't nuttin', I can sure show you some weeds worse than that due to procrastination! Smiling

'Tis a good point though, Folks. Better to spend 3 minutes either pulling, hoeing, or tilling to zap those weeds than to put it off till "later, when I have more time". LATER means you'll spend 3 to 5 times the amount of energy, time, and vocabulary to get rid of the them.

Thumbs up, dahtzu and gingin.

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JuneBug
Sep 18, 2011 3:40 AM CST
I lived the Gardeners Proverb: One year seed equals seven years of weeds and I spent every weekend and most evenings after work working on the weeds. After 6 or 7 years of diligent weeding the little flower beds in our shrub beds; I only had flowers reseeding themselves Thumbs up ... but then we moved here and rented the house out 2½ years ago. My DIL drove to the house recently and found that the flower beds look like they need mowing Sad
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SongofJoy
Sep 18, 2011 4:49 AM CST
So true, Faye, so true. And the Gardener's Proverb too. Oh dear, June.

The Bermuda grass can take over everything here if you don't stay on top of it. I remember my grandfather used to pull it out of his huge vegetable gardens every day. I think that's how he started his day in the garden ... pulling and cussin' the "Bmoody" grass. Grumbling
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fiwit
Sep 18, 2011 5:14 AM CST
Horseshoe said:Oh boy -howdy, that pic ain't nuttin', I can sure show you some weeds worse than that due to procrastination! Smiling



Ummm.... I took a weed-whacker to one of my beds yesterday.... *Blush*

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valleylynn
Sep 18, 2011 11:56 AM CST
This year has been a real struggle to weed the perennial beds. I hate to think what next year will bring. *Blush*
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gingin
Sep 18, 2011 1:48 PM CST
That bed looks a whole lot better now...after filling a 5gal. bucket with weeds...Bill said dump it in the driveway....yeah right...thats what they make garbage cans for Rolling on the floor laughing Angel
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dmac
Sep 18, 2011 5:30 PM CST
I let my bed get awy from me whenever it gets hot--I really hate the heat of summer and I paid for it. Looks like a field and I'm positive I lost plants who just didn't want to bother competing with the out of control weeds.

My goal is to not let that happen again. I'll be chanting that when I'm out there dealing with the mess I let happen:LOL:
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dahtzu
Sep 18, 2011 6:38 PM CST
Thank you all. Seems that each time I go out to water or do any other choir, I end up pulling up grass and milkweed before I even began the choir that got me out in the first place. That's the only way I've stayed ahead of the "greens". Strange that any weed grows even in drought and heat while those treasured plants wither and die. What gives? Shrug!
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gingin
Sep 19, 2011 3:22 PM CST
weeds thrive on being unwanted...their way of getting back Hilarious!
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dahtzu
Sep 19, 2011 3:32 PM CST
Ginger, I believe it! Hilarious!
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CarolineScott
Jun 15, 2013 2:50 AM CST
It is good to know that others have this problem too!
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RickCorey
Jun 23, 2013 1:59 AM CST
>> I took a weed-whacker to one of my beds

I was trying to grow some perennials, and never figured out how to weed around them. I blinked, and all I had left were weeds.

I had to dig the soil out, screen it to remove the roots, then return the soil. Between tops and roots, a wheelbarrow-full. Maybe 2+ cubic feet, and it was a SMALL bed!

I saved a few plants and re-planted them, thinking "snapdragons" ... but no, just more weeds.

I keep thinking about renting a flamethrower, or whatever you call the propane weed-torches. They might not be any more efficient than a scuffle hoe or mattock, but it would make me FEEL better!

SongOfJoy, I want to learn some of your grandfathers favorite curse words. I think I wore mine out. They aren't working. The weeds just never wither up and die when I curse at them!
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gingin
Jun 23, 2013 4:55 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rick you are such a hoot !!!
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RickCorey
Jun 24, 2013 4:49 PM CST
*Blush*

Thank you!

I tip my hat to you.

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