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 …
into a much more pleasant, neater planting.
Frenzied weeding took this simple fieldstone edge from a messy distraction …
to a delineation between lawn and planting bed.
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.