Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Want more weed information? Yes, you do!!

Weeds are popping up all over the place.  I know...I spent last weekend trying to smother that one weed that makes us want to move out of this house!  I used some of the methods in this EHow article and will report on my success. 

(See, that's positive thinking!)

How to Remove Persistent Garden Weeds

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Weeds and more weeds

Hey - they're out there now.  Why wait for some good advice?

How to Kill Garden Weeds Naturally

How to Mix the Perfect Soil for Annual Beds

The life of an annual plant is compressed into a very short period of time. Annuals make the journey from seed to adulthood in a single growing season. For this reason, keeping annuals healthy from start to finish provides the best impact in your home landscape. Seasoned gardeners know that great soil tops the list of most important items for a successful garden. But how do you mix the perfect soil for annual beds?


The best type of garden soil consists of particles of rock, organic matter and sand as well as a mixture of air and water. This combination produces nutrient rich soil that drains water quickly without pooling that can cause root rot. The perfect soil for annual beds doesn't just happen. Gardeners need to create it through a little hard word. The rewards are fabulous and noticeable in healthy annuals with full foliage and plenty of blooms.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Weeds are starting to peek their annoying heads out of the ground.  It's too early to plant most tender annuals in the garden but it isn't too early to tackle some weeds.

Break out your hoe, trowel and hand shovel and get to work before the weeds reach 3 inches in height. Instead of using harsh chemicals that may compromise your ornamental plants, try manual weed removal instead.  A little exercise, a little Vitamin D for body from working in the sunshine.

Dig down enough to remove the roots and discard in a yard waste bag.  These little annoyances shouldn't be put into the compost pile.

Here's the fun part.  Hit Lowe's or Home Depot and purchase a few bags of mulch (or mulch for the whole garden if you're feeling spunky!) Grab a roll of old newspaper and place four to five sheets over the area containing the weeds.  Pile on a 3 to 4 inch layer of mulch.  The combined action of the two will smother the little dears to oblivion.  You'll get a head start of summer gardening and maybe, just maybe, you might be able to enjoy that lawn chair a little more than you did last summer.