I am not a fan of weeding. I like being outside in the garden in every other capacity. Weeding is like picking a fight with the slow, violent and mean kids in junior high — miserable, prickly, and entirely unnecessary. Alas, this new non-desert environment is host to many a weed. I’m pretty sure I’ve got nearly all varieties of the natives thriving in my yard. However, having an untidy lawn drives me a little crazy, and I needed to take care of it for my sake. The plan was simple, weeding, and mowing the grass and making my yard look pretty. I didn’t get to the mowing grass part, unfortunately.
I spent no fewer than five hours the first week in this house outside weeding. Not reading. Not planting seeds, or mowing the lawn or staring at the bees going in and out of the giant tree. Nope. Five hours pulling up handfuls of noxious plants that made my hands itchy, contemplating solutions that didn’t require a fire. Often it doesn’t matter how long you spend in the garden, there’s always more that needs to be done. After spending five hours pulling up weeds, my friend decided to tell me about a lawn care service that she decided to use to maintain her garden whilst she was at work. As much as we all like being in our gardens, having someone to deal with the upkeep of it sounds amazing! My friend said that she used to spend ages mowing her lawn until she found this company. That sounds all too familiar. She said I should really consider getting a lawn care company to sort my lawn out, or I should maybe get a new 13×5.00-6 flat free tire to see if that makes it any easier to mow the lawn. I’ve read online that those tires are lighter than others, making it easier for people to use on their lawnmowers. I’m thinking about both options, I just want to make lawn work easier!
Anyway, I have a long strip of rocks between the lawn and my drive. The lawn, the flower beds, and the entire backyard were full of prickly, poky, annoyances when I moved. Recognizing my limitations in patience, time, and energy, I decided to conquer just that strip of rocks with a bit of recycling gardening.
If you are building a garden bed, this can also be called lasagna gardening. Start with one giant cardboard box. This is, after all, a unique form of cardboard recycling that can be done to help the garden.
Add a box cutter, a couple of package of $3 garden stakes, several bags of mulch, and a fair amount of elbow grease.
Place the cardboard down first — which will biodegrade with rain and time providing a layer of compost — over the weeds and desired area.
Add mulch. (Or if creating a garden bed, add soil, more cardboard, more carbon, rise and repeat layers.)
Voila — the inability for those pesky weeds to return/continue growing. The are stuck under Cardboardland, where they do not pass go. Do not collect $200. And do not continue to multiply like hillbilly bunny rabbits.
And if for whatever reason you have the ability and energy to continue — mow the lawn. My vote? Lawns are dumb. A dumb waste of space and way, way too much physical exertion for too little gain. My permanent front yard will be permaculture and will not, under any circumstances, require a mower.