Happy Friday! Well I’ve been sanding, priming and painting kitchen cabinets all week. My whole house is a wreck with displaced items. I’ll start posting about it next week. In the meantime, I want to share an awesome trick I learned to control invasive yellow nutsedge and henbit. Those are two weeds that I was in an all out war with last spring. Here’s what I inherited when I purchased the house late summer 2014:
This is one end of a garden that runs the full length of my yard. (I took the picture of that cute baby deer on the left.) The whole garden looked like that. It was a nightmare forest of nutsedge and various other wild plants. Nutsedge is a warm weather weed. Last spring while it was still cool the garden was full of henbit, which is a cool weather weed. I spent a whole week, several hours a day pulling it out. By the time I was done, I had to start pulling out the nutsedge, because the weather warmed up. So I spent another week pulling up nutsedge and laying common cypress mulch down, from one end of the garden to the other. This is how that same area looked after I also added some perennials and a butterfly bush.
But I still had to spend hours every week pulling nutsedge. I was ready to cry. I didn’t have a life anymore. I was having nightmares about nutsedge. I tried one of those chemical nutsedge killers. What a waste of money. They turned a little yellow for awhile, but overcame and continued to grow and spread. Time for some serious research. I read some articles that claimed pine bark mulch would reduce nutsedge by 80%.
So I bought a bunch of bags and spread it on top of the cypress mulch. It’s not the prettiest mulch. I don’t use it in my front yard. But glorious days! I was down to only spending a few minutes a week pulling nutsedge. It’s a miracle mulch. And this spring when it was time for the forest of henbit to bloom – NOTHING! I didn’t have to do one iota of weeding this spring!
Just my perennials are coming up. I have a weed free garden, and a life!
I think pine bark mulch is the prettiest mulch ever!
I hope this post helps those with weedy gardens.