What you are about to see is not pretty.
It’s true, sometimes gardening is neither beautiful nor relaxing, particularly when dealing with garden pests and ultra resilient weeds.
Take, for instance, the grass and weeds growing in our garden and behind the fence.
These weeds are the bane of our summer existence, and we spend loads of hours pulling them out of the ground to rid them from the garden. Some grow several feet tall and come through the fence, tangling themselves around the cucumbers, beans, peas, and anything else that’s within their reach. Plus the poison ivy tries to sneak through with it, something we definitely don’t need among the edibles.
Then there’s the mutant grass that doesn’t know it’s underneath a so-called weed proof barrier in the garden walkway we made back in the spring. This grass scoffs at the barriers, forcing its way through the black fabric and between the stones. During our recent weeklong trip to visit family, it spread itself all over the garden walkway leaving me with a huge mess of weeds to pull when I got back. And of course the mutant grass loves all the good compost in the raised beds. It’s everywhere, except of course in all the bare spots in the yard where we really want it.
Once the mutant grass dies back this fall, we’re going to scoop up all the stones and start the whole project over, maybe with a multi-layer approach using cardboard, newspaper, and landscape fabric. Then we’ll have to figure out what to do about the enormous weeds coming through the fence.