"Your garden looks terrible."
I am aware. I'm embarrassed to even admit I have a garden. One would never guess that underneath those weeds, a garden exists! But, that's life. Sometimes gardening gets put on hold.
If you have to be an on-again, off-again gardener, like I have been over the last couple of months, it can become quite discouraging to see all your hard work disappearing under a sea of weeds.
So, how do you whip a garden back into shape?
Well, this is how I'm going to do it:
I can't see where the grass paths end and the weedy beds start, so mowing and string trimming will be first on the list. It makes a big impression, and looks like I have accomplished something. And the neighbors will be happy. So, mowing comes first.
|Madame Berkeley surrounded by lantana and calibrachoa (million bells)|
It seems that every grass that's been invented has taken up residence in my flower beds. Along with numerous other weeds. I will slowly and methodically go bed by bed pulling weeds and removing grass. Actually, the beds that are established and have been weeded well for several years are not bad. It's the newer beds, where the weeds are fighting to gain their territory back, that look so very horrible. Since the weeds grow so fast, I won't take the time to cut down dead daylily stems, deadhead roses, or cut off dried yarrow blooms. I will concentrate all my time and effort on weeding first.
|Hosta in front of pink crape myrtle bloom|
3) Go around again.
When the beds have all been weeded (whenever that may be!), I will then go around bed by bed again, doing the maintenance chores I didn't do when working in these beds before. This includes all the cutting down, cutting back and dead plant removal that I didn't get to before.
4) Go around again!
This time, I'll do one last weeding, and finally finish the mulching that I started this spring. This step always seems so easy, but it always takes longer than I expect. Hopefully, I'll get finished before next spring, when I'll start this chore again! ;)
|Sunflowers in a container. I've been waiting all summer for them to bloom!|
Do I have any other advice?
Yes! Don't forget to stop and look for the beauty in your garden. A bloom here and there, even if they are surrounded by weeds, are still gifts from your garden. Take the time to find these joys.
If you have help, enlist it. If not, do what you can, and remember that just as gardens are not grown overnight, getting one back into shape will not happen overnight, either. But that's part of the beauty of a garden. It will wait patiently.
|Rose of sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)|
So, it seems that the gardener is not the only one that learns patience. The garden practices it, too.