Put Your Weeds To Work For You

“‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Benjamin Franklin

As a gardener, I would revise this to….”Nothing is certain except death, taxes and weeds.”

The sun is gonna shine,

The rain is gonna fall,

The weeds are gonna grow.

It’s that simple.

If the weeds you are pulling haven’t gone to seed yet, you can put them to work for you in a couple different ways.

  1. Throw them in your compost pile.
  2. Use them as a thick kill mulch.

The second one is what I’m focusing on today.

We have a fenced in back yard and a dog (Heidi) who loves to run the parameter of the fence, keeping a close watch for marauding squirrels and rabbits.

I keep the fence line free for her to use as a dog run, with my gardens coming within about a foot of the fence.  She’s trying to wear a natural pathway between the gardens and fence, but there are always weeds popping up and not enough room to mow.  It finally dawned on me that I can be using those weeds as a kill mulch for the pathways!   And…it’s free!

(An important thing to remember about using weeds as mulch, is to be sure to pull the weeds before they go to seed.  Otherwise, you will just be re-seeding!)

Put Your Weeds to Work for You

This way, I can keep the weeds from growing in the pathways and next Spring I can put down some straw and wood chips to make nice looking walkways around the yard!

In our town, we can get free wood chips from the city, so that keeps costs down, too!

Using weeds for mulch

You can see some dried weeds underneath the freshly pulled ones.  I think a couple layers will take care of most of the weeds.

A big roll of weed control fabric is $39.98.  Weeds are free.

MONEY SAVED $ 39.98!!

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