Frenzied Weeding: the busy gardener’s way to tidy up

When you’re overwhelmed by the fact that there’s minimal time to tidy up your gardens before visitors arrive use my Frenzied Weeding tactics.  Frenzied weeding focuses only on the areas most likely seen by visitors – the walkways and beds leading to the house and the garden beds most viewable from outdoor or indoor gathering spots. Frenzied Weeding includes pulling the largest, most obvious weeds and deadheading spent blossoms.

As little as 10 minutes each day will allow you to find and remove the weeds about to flower – pull these first, do not let weeds go to seed. Also pull weeds overtaking a more favored plant. Start in the most seen areas -next to where visitors park, along pathways, near doors, around an outdoor deck or gathering spot – and move outward from there.

I did some Frenzied Weeding this weekend to tidy up a couple of much neglected beds around my house before family arrived.

Just 5 minutes of frenzied weeding turned garden static …

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into a much more pleasant, neater planting.

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Frenzied weeding  took this simple fieldstone edge from a messy distraction …

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to a delineation between lawn and planting bed.

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In just an hour the beds looked happier.

Frenzied Weeding is most effective when soil is moist – roots release more easily from moist soil – and when weeds are large enough to grab as a unit. It’s not the ideal way to maintain your gardens, but a few minutes of Frenzied Weeding a few days each week is preferable to letting weeds overtake the plants you want to keep.

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7 comments for “Frenzied Weeding: the busy gardener’s way to tidy up

  1. July 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Your frenzied weeding is similar to my triage weeding, except that I was discussing a garden more overwhelmed with weeds. I agree, if you can do nothing else, pull out the seeders.

    • July 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      You offer great advice in that post, Kathy. Thanks for sharing. Your advice is more focused on the right way to weed; mine focuses on what to do to make a quick difference in a pinch. Either way we both stress first removing weeds about to send out hundreds of their seedy progeny.

  2. July 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

    It feels so good, doesn’t it, to see a clean patch after a good 10 minutes of weeding. The rest of the garden may still need attention, but the newly cleared space is such a reward! And I do think the plants are happier when they know they look tidy : )

  3. August 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Joene, It likes trimming your bangs…even though you still need a haircut, a little trim makes you look and feel much better:)

    • August 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

      I agree, Laurrie.
      Good analogy, Debbie.

  4. August 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Good illustration of frenzy’s benefits, Joene. A micro burst of energetic weeding really does make a huge difference.

    • August 2, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Lee, my gardens need a few more of those micro bursts!

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