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Project by MsDebbieP posted 304 days ago 1079 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

june 23/13

The “Chicken De-Fence” (link shown below) seems to be working … or the neighbours just aren’t letting the chickens visit are yard anymore. (although I have seen them in the backyard).
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And so I’m on to Round II, with a de-scratching mulch area by the patio.
In the past I had just the beautiful corkscrew witch hazel bush surrounded by mulch and it was stunning. Then the chickens started digging and the weeds started growing and soon it was a mishmash of johnny jump-ups and bindweed.

Enough is enough .. it’s time to return my little zen area to its former glory! The turtle island will be next on my list, the two of them being the only garden areas in my yard that are more formal in appearance.

This past week, everything that I wanted to save was taken out. The witch hazel bush is now on its last leg but there are still a few leaves and so it stays until the last call. I think I’ll be putting my birdbath sculptures into the area once it has “met its maker” (although I would love another corkscrew witch hazel. Maybe some day – they are rather expensive.

So, on to the “de-scratching mulch” project.
The idea was to put a good layer of mulch down to help eliminate the weeds from popping back up and then add a layer of chicken wire covered by a little layer of mulch. The thought is that IF the chickens decide to scratch in the lovely mulch looking for a snack that the wire will be annoying and a deterrent—there are much greener pastures elsewhere. Will it work? I can dream, right?!

I have put three bags of mulch down on the ground and covered it with chicken wire.
I only had one bag of mulch left and it, of course, didn’t cover it all.

Now that the mulch is down (for the most part) any bindweed that makes its way through is going to get a good shot of “dish detergent-vinegar solution” which seems to do the trick at killing back the plant when the vines are still young. Because the flower bed is right outside the door and it is “all” mulch, it will be easy to keep on top of things and hopefully keep it clean of my evil antagonist.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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MickeyD

66 posts in 1988 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 304 days ago

Good luck with the chicken wire. I am looking forward to hearing how well it works.

-- Mickey, California desert gardener

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MsDebbieP

14622 posts in 2476 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 304 days ago

I’m crossing my fingers .. if it works well then I am going to re-mulch all of my flower beds in the backyard.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

1042 posts in 1856 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 303 days ago

Chicken wire sounds like a good idea to me!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Radicalfarmergal

4251 posts in 1738 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 303 days ago

Sounds like a good idea to me too. You can pull it up if you want to weed or change your design and then put it down again. I hope it works for you.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 302 days ago

I think it should be MUCH better than landscaping cloth … plus I don’t think the chickens care if the cloth is there .. they’d just rip it.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 256 days ago

Aug. 10/13

the chicken wire works well.
Twice this week something has scratched in the mulch—on scratch, into the wire, moved a foot, scratched, into the wire … and then left. Success!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

4990 posts in 2106 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 255 days ago

Hurray! Success. I bet this looks rally great, as well.

Now, if I could only find a means to discourage the wild rabbits here.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

14622 posts in 2476 days
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posted 255 days ago

when you figure that one out, let me know.
Rows on rows of chicken wire kind of take away from the beauty of the landscape.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 255 days ago

I added a photo to show what it looks like now ..

mulch is still where it is supposed to be and not thrown all over the walkways and grass.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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