...when it's time to begin the annual battle with weeds and that damn blackberry bush. As a side note, I have just realized I've been battling with that blackberry bush since 2016! You would have thought by now it would have just given up.
It's almost as bullheaded as I am...but as I told each and every one of those sprigs I pulled up yesterday, it should just go ahead and give up because I will yank each and every one out until the day I die, because I will not concede!
I am going to try to follow the strategy of getting out there at least once a week to yank out any of the blackberry bush or other unwelcome weeds. That was my plan last year and I don't remember it being too onerous; once the initial purge was done.
Today found me gathering all my courage and heading out to tackle the front beds...that are filled with juniper...which critters just LOVE. Again, I avoided the bed of juniper on the slope near the road because I know for a fact that at least one snake lives in there. I planned to tackle the beds up near the house, where I have told myself that snakes wouldn't want to live. Yes, I lie to myself all the time when necessary...don't try to talk me out of it. Otherwise, these beds would NEVER be weeded.
But, come to think of it, if I let the weeds take over would it actually choke out and kill the juniper? Hmmm....something to ponder. Particularly since I now hate the juniper as much as, if not more, than that damn blackberry bush. Would the weeds kill it before it came to the homeowner's association's notice? Doubtful.
We have a guy coming tomorrow to give us a quote on removing the snake infested juniper on the slope. The Husband asked me what I would be willing to spend on this project. I told him that everything we had seemed reasonable.
His concern is that we wouldn't be able to grow grass on that slope and would have to spend big money on putting in a long retaining wall. I'm thinking if we sod the area, it would be okay. The neighbors on either side of us have the same slope, minus the juniper and they have grass. So, I'm crossing my fingers that the price is right and my sod solution works. And, as I told The Husband, even if it doesn't work and everything washes away that would still be preferable to having that snake infested mess in the front yard.