Tuesday, 29 April 2008

To weedkill or not...

I decided last week, that against my better judgement the only way to sort the shameful front garden was to nuke it all with spray weed killer, and start from fresh. Felt very bad about it, as as far as I know my dad, who's a good and decent sort of chap and gardener has never used chemicals. All our vegetables and fruit from the garden were naturally organic and lovely.

Then L, Mr Unorganic came over, his advice was to weed kill it with a spray. He told me that he used to multi task having a fag in his Chiswick garden with a quick spray of the weeds on his patio. This idea was reinfored in my head when I read a gardening book which said weedkill, weedkill, weedkill.

We got all ready to do the deed, but then it kept raining. After the rain stopped I looked again at the garden, it had turned in to a really lovely wild meadow of a front garden, with white daisies, poppies, bluebells, white blue bells and other things I can't name. It looks lovely, even with the weeds. So now I just can't do it, and instead resorted to the old fashioned way yesterday of just pulling out weeds that I could identify.

Photo to follow....

And any ideas on what to do next, i.e. how to get rid of all the grass/weeds without killing the flowers please?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

what are the types of plants/weeds that you want to get rid off? there are different ways for different plants.

tattyhousehastings said...

Forgive my ignorance but..sticky weed stuff, bind weed, dandelions, and random grasses. Had no idea there were different methods for different kinds of plants. Bind weed is particularly difficult, though have managed to keep it quite low level, I know how easily it spreads!

Anonymous said...

www.bbc.co.uk/gardening then in the search box type weeds and it should give you a load of results that might help you. with dandelions, pick before head turns to seed and keep doing so, once you have removed them you can use a specialist killer but the roots for a dandelion go deep so if you pull out to early you may leave some in.

Anonymous said...

My dear have I got a great solution for you. Nature's Avenger Organic Weed Killer. Made from Citrus Oil - this one of a kind patented weed killer works fast and is effective. The good news, it's approved by the EPA and the USDA National Organics Program for use in organic production and gardening. Tested against Round-up, it was faster and just as effective. Now the even better news - it dissipates in under 45min - to 2 hours so you can replant quickly. It was just used on the the Organic Lawn Project at the National Mall in Washington DC and works beautifully. Hopes this helps to ease your mind.

tattyhousehastings said...

I'm very excited about organic weedkiller, thank you so much for teling me about it, I had no idea such a wonderful idea existed. Except now I'm saying that it must be obvious that there was a natural solution. Can't wait to go and try it at the weekend.
Lovely