Here’s the deal. People are looking at your lawn.
Winter is over. Spring has gone by. Flowers have bloomed and so have the weeds!
But who wants to break their back with a rake all weekend? Isn’t there an easier way to make things look tidy?
Indeed, there is.
First of all, ditch the big rake. For flower beds and the like, use a small, narrow rake to get in between all your perennials. Throw the leaves and weeds in your compost pile. The advantage to a smaller rake is that you can get in the corners … and it’s also much lighter than a traditional rake.
Next, don’t bother pulling your weeds until after it rains when the ground is wet. It’s much easier to get the entire root out of the ground when it’s saturated. And if you’re having a dry spell, take out your hose. I’m not saying you’ve got to run up your water bill, but watering your flowerbeds before you get started will make things go much easier.
If you’re going to plant flowers, choose those that are wrapped in eco-friendly wrap instead of plastic. That way, you can just dig the hole and plant the flowers … the cardboard-like material will just decompose in the ground.
And above all else, WEAR GLOVES!! I’ve often gone out to play with kids and pulled a few weeds … without gloves on. What I walked away with was dirty hands and dingy cuticles. So don’t forget the gardening gloves!!
photo credit: AMsloan