I have a house in Atlanta, 7b Piedmont, with a weedy sparse front
yard. It's all low growing and the weeds pop up tall shoots. Poor soil
with some pine straw. It's slanty ground with a big pine and a dogwood.
Kudzu is thriving next door and headed my way.
So, I've been popping the weeds out, they are hardly nothing but some
broad stubby leaves laying against the ground and the aforementioned
flower stalk. I can see this may not be working!
Hey, it's an adventure. And I'm blessed with not only not having to
worry about mistakes, but finding them easy to make!
The coleus is thriving, the knock out rose is doing OK. The
gardenias, not so good. And it's been weeks since the crime scene
police were out. Ah, the life of a landlord of a 14 K house!
On 7/25/2011 9:08 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It has something like grass, but it's not thick.
I'd like to get rid of the weeds and at the moment I'm not adverse to
chemicals. Then, I don't know. Maybe I should just mow it low, like
If you leave the dirt bare you will be forever removing weeds, whether by
hand or spray. Grass is a covering that will exclude weeds to some extent
but it is high maintenance because it takes, mowing, watering, fertilising
etc to grow strongly. If it doesn't grow strongly the weeds win. Grass is
particularly hard to keep going in wear areas and if your climate isn't
suitable but it is always costly.
You can cover the ground in other ways that are less maintenance (shrubs,
ground covers, perennials etc with mulch underneath) but you can't play ball
or wrassle with the dog there like on grass.
You need to decide first what you want to do in the area second how much
effort you want to expend to make it look like what you want.
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