I’ve quickly learned that no matter how much I teach myself about actual plants, flowers, and vegetables, I will always be outnumbered, outpaced, and unable to learn, identify, and attack the crazy southern weeds of our yards. It’s ridiculous!
This, so lovely named enemy—the Carolina Geranium—has appeared our of nowhere this year. It did not exist in our yard last summer. And now it’s overtaking the whole yard. And it’s ugly. And it’s everywhere. And it makes me itch—not literally but figuratively—until I know it’s under control.
My grass will win.
MY WEED-KILLER SOAP BOX RANT
We do own a spray bottle of Round Up but I try to reserve its use for sidewalk cracks, dandelions creeping through gravel areas, weeds under the patio—hard to reach places. Otherwise, I weed by hand. No it’s not easy and yes it takes time, but a little bit at a time is so feasible. If I were to attack the weed problem I have now with a weed killer, I’d be dousing my entire lawn. Which is not huge huge, but it’s not small either. And that’d be a lot of chemicals in my yard. Where I grow vegetables and fruit, and roll around in the grass with my dogs. And live 3 houses from the river. Where the rain continually runs. And no, my one yard doing this is not changing much for the runoff and overall groundwater cleanliness, but it still doesn’t mean I can participate in it either just because everyone else is. So yes, I will hand weed as much as my little hands will pull before throwing down jugs of chemicals across the lawn. Okay, that’s my soapbox.