War With Wicked Weeds

Call me wacky, but I was the woman who waged war with wicked weeds. Whew!! Both John and I had trimmed bushes and trees in the garden last Fall, leaving the branches on the ground. Major mistake! I intended to pick them up long before Spring had sprung. Not only were the branches covered by fallen leaves, they had been overrun by very vicious weeds. If I were naming the weed, I would tentatively call it “octopus”. Tentacles Tendrils wove themselves into a thick mat over leaves and branches. I could hardly see some of the sticks and had to tug at the mess to get them. What a mess!

041719 War with Wicked Weeks

Next year I shall trim bushes with a wheelbarrow beside me.

 

41 thoughts on “War With Wicked Weeds

  1. I have both weeds and gophers. I can pull the weeds, but if they get a chance to blossom, I’m out of luck keeping up to them and they tend to blossom far too quickly.
    When I put down repellent for the gophers, it’s like I’ve invited them to a banquet! I’m so tired of having my yard torn up, I’m thinking about cementing the whole darn thing. They eat the roots on my plants and kill them, There’s just no combating them. Their only enemy is our local feral cat but he only gets them now and again. Even the hawks don’t manage to get a share of them and Chloe, who once was the best, is now pushing 17 and having a harder time plus her digestive system now is touchy anyway. Sigh!

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  2. For me the enemy is grass- they grow everywhere I know your frustration and would declare war myself agains these evil weeds. There is also that creeper you write about which needs constant trimming?
    Susie

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      1. Yet, they can also be pretty. I’ve seen them as arbors and they look lovely. People actually plant them around here and … they are sold in our nurseries. I’m guessing our climate has a different effect on them. We took a globe willow to Alabama from Colorado and it never formed the same way. In Colorado they are perfectly round. In Alabama, it was just a tree. lol

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      2. I guess some plants do not thrive after relocation.

        We see beautiful wisteria bowers here, but ours does not bloom well. John put a feeding stake by it once, and that year it put out a few blooms and TONS of seeds. I’m going to be satisfied with green leaves and hope we can keep up with the trimming.

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  3. Anne, Here it is a never ending battle. I have mentioned ,in my sometimes blog, the ‘dock’ weeds here and the truck loads I have hauled off and this morning ….there they are …some three feet tall fixing to go to seed. I have dug them out and had a very bad attitude while doing it. The roots are like carrots except we don’t eat them. However…the may come in handy someday. they do have a medicine effect if I knew how to harvest them. Otheres, which I have no names for are just as bad . I will have firm words for Adam when we meet.

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      1. Ha ha – I hate to weed and I had some whoppers out in the yard last year – looked like a rubber plant. My mother would say “watch that weed doesn’t reach out and grab you on the leg when you walk by” if there was a big weed that needed pulling. I have done posts about weeds before.

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  4. I’ve been working on weeds and clearing garden beds of winter debris all week. I’ve also had to dig out big plants that have taken over the herb garden, namely oregano. It’s been mild in temperature, finally, time to pull and pick and plant and try and get it all done before Easter.

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  5. Weeds with tentacles remind me of carpet grass out here, only I call it sticky ball plant. It’s a tacky plant all around – the tentacles stick to animals, clothing, just everything! And when mature they put off a little ball seed that sticks to everything too. I’m desperately working to pull them up now before they get to the ball stage!! I feel your pain!

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  6. I am usually the woman who wages was with wicked weeds at our house. I filled up several wheelbarrows full last week. this week, I have a reprieve. We are visiting my grandson in Colorado.

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  7. I think you are on to something about having the wheelbarrow next to you during clipping. Otherwise at the end of the day/energy it’s hard to keep bending down and picking them up…starts getting easier to say “Oh, they will disintegrate…but they don’t.
    Spent the morning trimming hedges and bushes – and picking up all the sticks the wind has blown down over the weekend…easier when the dog isn’t trying to claim each stick!

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