|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 06-23-2013 08:19 AM||1504 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
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)