Spring Winds Blow in Weeds – War on Weeds It Is

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As the wind blows in a new season…

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Yes, summer is on the way and the tulips are history until next Spring. Fragile petals get blown down by the force of strong winds. Now it’s the Peonies turn to shed petals. And shed they do. The peonies made a quick show of things this year. But there are more than pretty flowers in the garden this year!

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It seems the weather is changing and if predictions are correct, we are in for a hot, dry summer once again. Both conditions lead to a bevy of garden weeds.

I have always accepted a somewhat laissez-faire approach to weeds, learning to live with a few weeds. Some neighbors prefer the perfect lawn, and declare an all-out herbicide war on the invaders. Others let nature have full reign and they are the ones spreading the weed wealth. I am a bit less accepting now though since my garden was dusted in weeds.

The number of weed seed sitting in the soil seed-bank from the last few years were patiently waiting to germinate, and are now wreaking havoc unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. The neighborhood was covered in a sea of dandelions.

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This will be a problem next year as well because seeds have dormancy and longevity in the soil, so that means generations of weeds to come. Dandelions next year will be a nightmare.

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I have been digging out weeds almost daily. The problem with digging is exposing more weed seed. In the next few days, more weeds appear.

Farmers on the other hand are increasing herbicide applications, both pre-emergent and post-emergent. Weeds for them have become a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. The reason farmers have been so weed-plagued is wet springs delay planting, followed by excessively dry weed prone summers. The change in weather patterns is wreaking havoc in some places where our food is grown.

Farmers need to consider more than just herbicides for weed management, like using time-tested cultural control methods. Narrow row spacing, cover crops, crop rotation, hedge rows, companion planting, and tillage where necessary. Traditional farmers are the ones using the variety of these methods. Factory farms well…

Falling-petalAlong with the pulling and digging weeds in my own garden, it gave me an opportunity to dig out and pot up Iris, coreopsis, Hosta, Rudbeckia, sun drops, fern, daylilies, Shasta daisies, coneflower and more. My back garden looks like a nursery at the moment.

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Has it been a busy year in your garden? Weeds here have been abundant and growing fast. It was a battle to combat the rampant crabgrass, chickweed, creeping Charlie, dandelions, purslane and Plantains. Although I was not to work in the garden until my year was up in September, luckily I have been feeling “in the pink” at least.

Like floating on air…

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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17 Responses to Spring Winds Blow in Weeds – War on Weeds It Is

  1. A battle of epic proportions but not the grass, as I don’t worry about that….in the beds though, oh boy! I am glad you are feeling in the pink Donna! I have been so busy I have barely read any blogs recently.

    I actually was stopped for 2-3 weeks from weeding for a variety of reasons….we actually have had several inches of rain here and now fall like temps. My tomatoes are not going to be happy with overnight temps in the high 40s.

    I will be back to weeding this week…it is a slow go but worth it when I see my gardens again….as you know I neglected them for a few years due to health and injuries. Looking like a nursery here too. Take care Donna, and loved these gorgeous pics! Always a treat!

  2. Sally says:

    Interesting contrasts in this photo in colour and texture. Well done.

  3. The weeds! Aargh! For me, the grass is the worst because it sneaks into the middle of a patch of perennials where you can’t get at it. Then when your back is turned, it sends up a tall stalks filled with seeds, waiting to create even more grass in your garden. Also bad is the creeping Charlie. And this year the buttercups are everywhere. Beautiful photos, by the way.

  4. A.M.B. says:

    I take a pretty laid back attitude toward weeds too. I actually kind of like them in the lawn (especially the flowering ones like henbit, deadnettle, violets, etc). I usually tolerate them in my flower beds as long as it looks neat. My garden is way behind where it was this time last year.

  5. johnvic8 says:

    Some years back I was offered the opportunity to have my yard sprayed to kill the Japanese beetles (larva). I said no. Unless the whole neighborhood for miles around were treated, it would be of no avail to just do mine. That’s kind of the nature of things when you have neighbors; their seeds and pests…and leaves…blow in unannounced. I’m sure none of mine blow into their gardens. Alas!

  6. swo8 says:

    Donna, I saw dandelion plants for sale at the nurseries. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
    Leslie

  7. David says:

    The photos are just great. Their apparent simplicity camouflage a lot of skill and artistry.

  8. So glad you are feeling better. I was just thinking about writing a post about weeds! I struggle with most of the ones you mention, though luckily not much of a problem with crabgrass or purslane. I have reconciled myself to the fact there there will always be some weeds in the garden. It is a constant war of attrition (my back v. their roots). Having densely planted flower beds does help. I am more tolerant of weeds in the lawn than I am in the flower beds.

  9. Weeding to me and my sister has become a form of meditation. If I am in an angry mood I can tear the snot out of a patch of them, but if it is my normal mood – that is a whole different story. I sit on the ground (part due to surgeries) so I am at eye level and then I work my way gently along, slipping around bushes, trees, flowers, veggies and fruit. I usually am singing and/or listening to music while I do this. I talk to the farm animals that come to visit me (nosey chickens), and the good bugs that are helping me (ladybugs, praying mantis, bees etc.). My one bummer is that I do not have more time to spend on it. Rains, heat, interruptions – just not fair. 🙂

  10. I think Peonies are over-rated as they look good for maybe a day. Weeds are sort of like original sin, they just come with the territory and we all have them.

  11. These rose petal images are so graceful and delicate – in contrast to the hard work needed to invest in the garden 😉

  12. I read on someone’s blog last year about the effectiveness of pouring boiling water on weeds. Now I swear by it. I have an electric pitcher (with a top) that boils water quickly and is easy to take outside and pour on the thistles and other weeds in our yard. It’s especially effective on those weeds between the bricks on our front walk and patio. As well as not adding poisons to the soil, using the pitcher I have makes it safer than using a pot of sloshing hot water! A little weird, I agree, but a pretty good alternative…

  13. bittster says:

    Beautiful photos. I’ve become somewhat relaxed on weeds as well, but have noticed that the longer I garden here the more weed types I get. They seem to hitch a ride on everything and I can see how they got to this country in the first place.
    I wage war on only a few real spreaders. Dandelions seem to be the least of my problems 🙂

  14. Kevin says:

    As much as I miss peonies, I do not for one second miss their blooms flattened by rain. Life’s not fair when you’re a peony. I’m still learning about weeds here in zone 10 — and creating a catalog of them is on my list of things to do. When it comes to my lawn, though, I’ve applied my same mowing knowledge to my zone 10 lawn as I used in my zone 6 lawn. Keep the mower blade higher so grass will choke out the weeds. I’ve found that many landscapers — and they have their reasons — often cut lawns too short, which is an open invitation for weeds to flourish. As always, lovely photos.

  15. Oh, Donna, we worry so much about what the farmer who leases our fields is putting on the crops. We are looking into CBA or other organic venture. Your pictures are stunning as always. P. x

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