Homeowners have a lot on their plates when it comes to caring for their homes. One activity that seems to never end is yard maintenance. Mowing, weeding, seeding, digging, planting, chopping…! The list goes on and on.
When we first moved into our home 7 years ago, our garden beds were small and pushed right up against the house. This meant more grass to mow and tighter spaces when doing it. Over the years, we have expanded outward. Large planting beds, a patio, even raised beds for veggies.
All of that means getting rid of a lot of grass. We’ve dug up grass, laid out newspaper, and have even just laid down mulch over top of the grass. The most efficient way that I’ve found, though, is simply to spray the grass with an herbicide like Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer. Unfortunately, even that does not prevent the weeds from coming back.
If you listen to the old gardener’s out there (and you really should!), you’ll hear that it takes “a year to seed and three to weed.” Even if you kill off all of the grass and weeds, seeds grow back and produce more seeds that grow back. You really have to keep on top of things!
For us, three young kids have taken priority over our yard care regimen for the past couple of years. This year, though, will be different! We have this beautiful walkway with steps that we installed a couple of years ago. I want to plant some ground cover in between the steps and plant a partial shade garden that kind of helps you relax as you come around to the entertaining side of the house.
Before we get to planting, though, we are spraying our out of control weeds and laying down loads of mulch to try and control the weeds from coming back. We have to be careful as we spray, because Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer takes no prisoners. It is non-selective and will kill any vegetation that it contacts down to the roots! We’ll have some tips in later posts on how to control that. That said, one of the great things about Spectracide is that it has no soil activity and will not affect any nearby plants or the plants that I will be putting in the ground once my beds are prepped.
Make sure that you stay tuned to see how our project turns out!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.