War’s rou­tine when en­emy is WEEDS

Keep­ing on top of prob­lem the key

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Steve Whysall

LEAV­ING your gar­den unat­tended in spring is like leav­ing teenagers home alone for the week­end: When you re­turn, you al­ways know there’s go­ing to be a mess to clean up.

I had no choice but to leave my gar­den for three weeks in May as I went on vacation.

When I re­turned, morn­ing glory and creep­ing but­ter­cup had over­run ev­ery­thing, chok­ing clematis, smoth­er­ing peonies and creep­ing into clumps of day lilies and phlox. What a night­mare.

It took a few days of ded­i­cated ef­fort to snip, clip, dig, yank and pull out all the morn­ing glory and re­move the stub­bornly rooted but­ter­cup.

Bat­tling weeds is as much part of rou­tine gar­den main­te­nance as plant­ing, dead­head­ing, prun­ing and all the rest of it.

Weed­ing is a job that is in­vari­ably best done on your knees. Which is not all bad; this year, you also get to spot snails, slugs, ant nests, sneaky cut­worms and com­mu­ni­ties of sow­bugs.

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