Organic Lawn Weed Removal

I don’t believe in using chemicals to rid our lawn of weeds. It would take forever to pull them all out by hand, so instead I use this handy weed remover tool. Mine is from HoundDog, but there are others too. It grabs the weed, root and all, and easily discards the unwanted intruder with a release mechanism. It kind of sounds like I am cocking a shotgun over and over, which my Texan husband finds hilarious. 🙂 I discard all of the weeds into a bucket, and am starting to notice a big improvement in the areas I have been doing a lot of work on. It even pulls up the tiny little annoying clovers! (Taken with instagram)

A few tips if you do decide to try my method:
1. Don’t be alarmed when you notice little bare patches after you pull out the weeds. Just throw down some grass seed, water regularly, and in a couple of weeks the bare spots will be gone.
2. Be sure to discard the weeds into a bucket or trash can so you don’t end up spreading weed seeds elsewhere.
3. Be patient. It takes a lot of work but will eventually become less work. I spent a few entire days working on our one area while I was avoiding being in the house when the fireplace, chimney, and central heating were being repaired (I have horrible dust allergies). I still wasn’t able to finish all the areas, but I am setting a goal of one hour per day. The area where I spent a lot of time is already looking much better and needs very little weed upkeep now.
4. If you use the HoundDog model, be sure to twist while you push down. Other brands may work differently, so be sure to read the instructions.
5. It works best if you place the blades in the center of the weed. If you can’t tell where that is by looking, just feel around a little with your hand to find it.

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Our Front Yard – 3 1/2 Weeks After Moving In

Here are some current pictures of our front yard!  I originally wanted us to find a house to buy in the winter, so I would have plenty of time to get settled and start on my spring planting.  Unfortunately, since things took longer than we expected in every way, I felt like I was on a mad rush to get things planted before the weather starts getting too hot.

It may seem strange to focus on planting the front yard when there is so much work to be done on the inside, but I had a lot of reasons for making the yard a priority. 🙂  For one thing, my severe dust allergies make it really difficult for me to be inside the house when there are things going on like heater repair, fireplace repair, and kitchen demolition.  I woke up a few mornings completely swollen, and my relief is found outside in the fresh air.  A lot of the projects inside the house are going to be more of a team effort between my husband and myself, and for the most part I handle all of the gardening on my own (unless there is something really major that I need his help with – like heavy duty digging).  We don’t want to start too many projects at once until he is eventually finished with the kitchen.  Plus, your front yard is your “face” to the neighborhood!

I will post updated pictures of the backyard soon…It is currently mid-project until the weather clears up a little!

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Our New Home – The Before Pictures of the Front and Back Yards

Here are some true “before” shots of our front and back yard.  These were taken just a couple of days before we moved in.  Since we are on a hill, our front and backyard have different areas that I call the upstairs yard and downstairs yards.  We have a large side yard area (where our greenhouse is located at the moment), and that is the “downstairs back yard”, even though it technically reaches all the way to the front.  I will post updated pics soon!  A lot has changed in just a few weeks.

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