This weekend was focused on my yard. I spent three hours weeding today and I am not even close to done. I'm not sure the name of this weed (above) that is taking over my daylilies and ferns, but it does spread fast. Last year was the first time I had this weed pop up. Its root is more like a vine, but they are not hard to pull out. They do intertwine with my plants, so I need to be careful. I weeded this whole area and then planted some Pachysandra, which is an evergreen perennial groundcover. My hope is that the more I fill this area in with real plants, the less weeds I will have.
The thistles love this spot. They grow tall really fast and are everywhere. They are easy to pull out, as long as you have those rubber coated gloves to prevent getting pricked. I also have ivy here that I've been trying to get rid of for a few years now. I only managed to pull out the thistles, so there is more work needed here.
This is another thistle haven. This area needs a lot of clean-up. The evergreens need a good trimming, weeding needs to be done, mulch put down. I wish the moss between to pavers would fill in faster. It does a good job of keeping the weeds away from between the pavers. Today, I weeded between the pavers and removed the thistles. There is still more needed here too.
The discouraging part is in less than two weeks they will all be back and I will need to start over. I finally figured out how to beat the wasps from nesting under my deck seating and I am determined to find a way to beat the weeds in my yard. It might take me 10 years, but it will happen. It's all about trial and error. I will share the after photos once I've finished these three areas and mulched.
I read online that vinegar will kill weeds. I tried it and nothing happened. This week I read about a horticulture vinegar that is more acidic than household vinegar and is supposed to do the trick. I haven't tried it yet. Do you have any awesome tips or tricks on how you keep the weeds at bay?