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March 25, 2013 / JustinKays Porter

Front Weed Patch, Part II

First, I must apologize to anyone who actually follows this blog for the almost-month-long hiatus. Justin and I have been so busy with projects (and me settling into my new job) that there has been no time for posting! However, now that our many projects that have spiraled into many more are at a good resting point, I’m going to try to post one blog (or two?) every day this week to get you all caught up ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, on to the projects!

Remember when we first moved in and tackled our weed patch of a front yard? Well, we have been living in denial that our approach worked to kill the weeds. The weeds came back, and with a vengeance.

When we pulled up all the weeds the first time around, we lined the whole area with weed cloth, then covered it with redwood bark. Over the last few weeks/months, we have started to notice that the front yard seems a little hilly. Like the weeds were growing up under the weed cloth and causing little mountains of redwood bark. Actually, it didn’t seems that way. That was exactly what had happened!

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I don’t think this picture really does it justice. Maybe the next one is better? But if you look closely, you can see lines of green weeds that have come up between the layers of weed cloth…

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My dad mentioned a kind of weed deterrent called emergent weed killer. I don’t know if that’s exactly what it’s called, but just go with it for now. It’s supposed to keep weeds from growing back, not necessarily kill weeds that you already have. So I convinced my wonderful father to spend a day with me, re-weeding and finding and using emergent weed killer.

We pulled back the redwood bark, pulled up the weed cloth, and found that not only had the weeds come back, but they had started to poke holes in the weed cloth and grow right through it! I kid you not.

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We pulled back one layer of bark and weed cloth at a time… and look at those weeds!!! I didn’t think it would be that bad!

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There are no words….

Needless to say, I owe my dad for his help on this one. It would have take me forever alone and I’m not sure I would have had the motivation to tackle this on my own!

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Sophie liked the weeds…

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All weeds exposed. What a mess!

It may not look much different, but I think it does. And if we waited any longer, the project would have been twice as big and our “hills” much more noticeable!

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All done ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully this time it works!

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