John, thank you for your response. You know that I am philosophically
opposed to ". . cides" but who knows, maybe one of these days I'll run
into a problem that my philosophy can't cope with, maybe. It is probably
my pragmatic side (or neurotic side) that keeps me looking at the
Get a honking big mower to cut away the worst of it. Burn it, haul it
off, or (my usual, environmental solution) mulch it.
Then rent a honking big tiller and plow it under.
When (with luck, if) it germinates, plow it under again.
Get a truckload of green wood chips - not mulch, you want the green
stuff. Spread it all around and choke the weeds.
When the woodchips turn to mulch, you're ready to do whatever you want.
A bit unorthodox, but worked for me a couple of times. YMMV, and a lot
easier than pulling by hand.
After you've gotten all the plant material out that you can, use spading
fork as deep as you can plant it. Turn the soil over as you pull it out.
Do not tread on it except to get any major rootage out. Loosen this treaded
earth again with the spading fork. Leave dormant for a year. Apply any
mulch loosely, don't mix it in yet. If not present, dump some earthworms to
start the process. Add non-meat, non-bone food scraps. Keep the soil
moist, not wet. Pull any greenery in the interim. Turn the soil again next
autumn, leave it loose. Do a soil check at the end of the period the
following spring. Then, if needed, fertilize accordingly. The entire
family should participate in the spading, and weeding as a family unit.
Toddlers eat anything, watch out.
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