Tattwanasi
Tattwanasi
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  • Milton, VT
Asked on May 1, 2017

My gardens need help!!

TattwanasiZoe EmikoCori Widen
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My home was rented out last year and the renters never weeded my gardens. Now everything is over run with weeds and not noticeable. I had white rock, which you can't even see now, and I want to know the easiest way to start over with a mess like this.
8 answers
  • Caseyem11
    on May 1, 2017

    work in sections and complete one section before starting another. I hate to use it but round up may be a good first start. You might need to rake up all the rocks in order to get to dirt. The use a hoe to get at the roots of weeds. then build the garden again Using landscaping cloth. I hope you can save some of your plants. Good luck.
    • Tattwanasi
      on May 2, 2017

      I didn't think about using a hoe for the roots of the weeds. Getting to the rocks has been a concern because you can't see them any longer but raking is probably my best bet at trying to salvage some. Thank you for the advice.
  • Any time you rent, the agreement should have a landscaping clause. Either handled by the renter or supplied by the landlord. I always hire a garden service to take care of basic maintenance and any additional work to be performed on an as needed basis. No work to be performed until written authorization is provided.

    Either work in sections or hire out a clean up service to do for you.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 1, 2017

    Your best bet is to choose one area at a time .Focus on your main concern first.I have over an acre of property so I can feel your anxieties.I find that looking at a whole project at once is to overwhelming,so that is how I handled the situation and you will see a big difference devoting just a few hours every day.
    • Tattwanasi
      on May 2, 2017

      It is a bit overwhelming due to the size of my yard and how many gardens I have.
  • Bulldog
    on May 1, 2017

    Start with a area and you have 2 choices either dig it all out if you want to plant . Or if you are just going to put rocks you can spray the area heavily with roundup but this will mean you cannot plant it for a year or maybe 2
    • Tattwanasi
      on May 2, 2017

      I thought about Round Up but the concern was that it's so hard to tell what is what that I didn't want to kill something that I could possibly save. Maybe starting over in a year or so will end up being my only option.
  • Cori Widen
    on May 2, 2017

    Good advice here! If you want to plant, you should take steps to get rid of the current weeds (dig them up) and also use an eco spray to spray on the area if anything new starts to sprout - you should check every couple of days. Good luck! There have been some amazing yard turnarounds - you can make yours look awesome as well!
  • Tattwanasi
    on May 2, 2017

    Fingers crossed. I don't see me getting this done in just this summer. And thank you for the eco spray reminder, I have pets and wouldn't want them harmed in this process.
  • Zoe Emiko
    on May 2, 2017

    Cover the grass with a heavy weight tarp and place rocks around the edges. Without sunlight even weeds die. At this point you can see what your doing and the weeds pull much easier.
    Use homemade weed killer. Roundup is just awful stuff. Full an ordinary garden sprayer with white vinegar and about a teaspoon of Dawn blue. This will kill the weeds in the areas you want to replant. It doesn't kill the microbes in the soil so you can plant right after the area has been treated however I would wait just to see if any weeds remain. If they do, pull them. If you see a lot popping up cover the area with the tarp again and wait another week then repeat the weed killer process.
    For areas you don't want anything to grow in, like where you have your rock, add 2 cups of ordinary table salt to the sprayer filled with white vinegar. Shake this really well to dissolve as much of the salt as you can then add 1 tablespoon of Dawn blue and give it another shake. Take care with the areas you spray this in. Nothing will grow in the ground for several years after this treatment.
    Note; Nothing in this will harm your animals or leave any nasty pesticide residue.
  • Tattwanasi
    on May 5, 2017

    Thank you!!
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