Crab grass is my adversary

So my aunt posted some pictures of her gorgeous yard last night on Facebook. And it made me jealous. And slightly mad.

I have a love/hate relationship with yard work. I love it in the Spring, when the weather has just begun to turn, and the sun warms your skin, and the breeze cools your neck. But I hate it later in the Spring, and all Summer and into Fall, when the sun scorches your skin, the humidity sucks the life out of your soul (or at least whatever life was leftover after the bugs have finished with you), and the breeze is non-existent.

This year my plan of attack was mulch. Mulch like it’s going out of style. So far it hasn’t worked. Neither has not pulling weeds. Does anyone have a better plan? Because my flower beds are beginning to look like this.

crab grass grows through mulch

Darn you, crab grass!

Meanwhile, my aunt’s yard is looking like this

Do you see what I’m dealing with here?

My yard’s one short-lived redeeming quality is my wisteria plant (wisteria bush? tree?). It looks pretty for about a month, then it goes about it’s evil purpose of tearing down the deck. Seriously. I trimmed the thing down almost to nothing (and got poison ivy in the process) last year, and this year it’s back – and bigger and better than ever.

One day we’re going to go outside and fall out the back door because the deck has been demolished by the evil, deck-eating wisteria plant. Oh well. Our deck needs some work anyway. Take that, wisteria! I don’t even care if you eat the deck. But I sure would appreciate it if you would eat the crab grass instead. Then maybe my yard could look like this

Yeah, I like that plan.

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    • Karen
    • May 2nd, 2011

    I know you are against chemicals, but there are some to kill grass only. And then there’s Roundup that kills Everything so if you ever use that it cannot be windy. I use it on the sidewalk cracks where grass grows.

    My best suggestion to you is try and dig out the crabgrass roots. It’s a spreading system. Then mulch at least two to three inches thick!

  1. If you find something that works, let me know! I gave up on trying to keep the weeds out of the flower bed last summer (a big preggo belly will do that to you). Now the grass is growing right up to the house almost. Much easier, but not as pretty for sure.

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