War’s routine when enemy is WEEDS
Keeping on top of problem the key
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.