Weekend Gardener

Blog based on my best-selling ebook "The Weekend Gardener"- The Busy Persons' Guide To A Beautiful Backyard Garden by Victor K. Pryles

Friday, September 15, 2006

If You Don't Like Chemical Hebicides

Dear Fellow Gardener-

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Journal, February 11, 1840


Today if you have a lawn overgrown with crabgrass, broadleaf or wild violets and don't want to use chemical hebicides I can give you an organic solution that displaces hand-weeding.

Pretty cool, huh?

Remember, first, that even healthy turf isn't weed free.

Start by examining from the ground up. Is the soil compacted? Does it lack organic matter? Has it been saturated with fertilizer or, starved for it? All of this says: "c'mon WEEDS"!

For detailed guidence I must refer you to your local extension service. I'm glad to do that because even as we get close to ending these daily tips they will always be a great resource for you!

ALso, in the short term, concentrate on the plantains. They are most likely to establish themselves. Don't let them seed, pull as many plants as possible and treat the rest with a flame weeder.

Victor K. Pryles
"The Weekend Gardener"

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