Mega Mulching

Our garden looked so wonderful. For a week. Then it looked bad, really bad. Weeds came in, the peonies died, everything turned brown. Here I thought I’d inherited an effortless garden, and in reality, we inherited a beautiful garden, that is LOADS of work. Every time we had friends come over we would say – looks at this amazing garden we have – and look how little grass! It only takes 3 minutes to mow, it great! Well, turns out, grass takes a bit less time to tend. 😉 Our garden went from this.

White Peony Bushes

And two weeks later, we turned around to refinish the floors, and came out for a breather to see this. AHHHHHHH. Weeds. Where it’s all green next to the peony bushes – that should be mulch. Brown, not green. Oye.

How to keep weeds out of garden

Oh, and our sideyard, next to the screened in porch, was looking like this. Classy. Pretty sure the hubs got a serious case of poison ivy somewhere in this goody bag of weeds. One roid shot later, he appears to be on the mend.

How to get rid of weeds

So, in an effort to fix our weed problemo, we headed straight over to Lowe’s and stocked up on mulch. At $2.50 a bag, it didn’t hurt the wallet too much, either. Other bags of the same size (2 cu feet), were $4.50 each. I’ll call that a win.

Lowes Dark Brown Mulch

Our initial load was (8) bags – we went through that before you can say jiminy cricket, and had to go back for another (12). Total damage to my wallet – $50. Could have been worse, could have been better. A few general lessons learned in our first summer in the new house.

1) Mulching and weeding will happen in the spring. We let the weeds get a little too comfy, if you know what I mean. They basically took over. Fail.

2) Next year. I’m getting the truck load delivered. We did this on the last house, and it was like $30, and we got probably double the mulch. Since I was in such a hurry to solve the problem this year, I got all antsy pantsy and went out and bought as many bags as the good ole’ prius could fit.

Removing Weeds

After a good rain, when the soil was looser and the weeds were easier to pull, we went out in force and started plucking these babies up like it was our job. Look how happy Jay is to defeat Mr. Weed. For the most part, we were able to pull the weeds with just our hands, but we used a trowel for a few of the stubborn ones, too. If there was a large patch, we would come through with the larger shovel and skim the weeds off the top, trying to remove as little dirt and mulch as possible as we went.

A few hours of weeding later, we were ready to put the mulch down! Here are some after shots of the yard in all it’s beauty.

Hostas in Partial Sun

Check out the landscaping we did in the side yard. Remember this, it was all WEEDS! We moved a ginormous hosta (and a medium sized one, too) that we had chillin’ in the front of the house before. They were off center in the front yard, and kind of looked misplaced anyway, so I thought I would repurpose them back here as an extra deterrent to weeds popping up again. We also added lots of mulch for good measure. I love how the bright green hostas look against the mulch.

Rock Path to Garden

Along the driveway, there is a nice path up to the garden area that we thoroughly weeded and mulched. Looking much better, if I do say so myself.

And here is a shot of the backyard. Ahhhh. Weed free with a fresh coat of mulch. Drinking it in over here. We decided to move an azalea bush from an area in the back to a more visible location. It seemed like it needed some more sun, so I’m hoping it does peachy keen in it’s new central location.

  Dark Mulch

4 thoughts on “Mega Mulching

  1. Your garden looks really nice and gardening can be ‘good for the soul’ even though it is lots of work. I enjoy working out in our garden too!

    1. Thank you! It looks much better after we got the mulch down on the ground. We were lucky to inherit so many nice, healthy plants!

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