|A close up of the little garden spot I have reclaimed from the Bermuda grass.|
I am working on making my neglected front flower beds look better. I had a bunch of Echinacea and Shasta Daises come up so I moved a few to two sunny spots out front. They should be blooming next spring and add color all summer. One spot was easy because nothing but a few weeds was growing there.
|There is still some Bermuda in there. The rest is to the left of this spot.|
The other area is full of Bermuda grass! That stuff is a nightmare to remove. I hope you never encounter it in your garden. I am very grateful that it is only in one section of our 1/2 acre.
To remove it you have to dig about a foot down and then either throw everything out or sift through the soil to get every bit of grass and root or it will come back. It has worked its way under the brick border and I know I will never be totally rid of it. My idea is to remove it as I find it in the future and plant perennials that will need to be divided every few years so I can dig it out again when I need to. I will persevere and keep removing it. As the years go by it should be easier to deal with.
|A Bermuda free zone|
Bermuda grass reminds me of a bad habit that has been ignored for too long. You will have to do some hard and sometimes painful work to begin to remove it from your life. Once you think it is gone you will have to stay aware or it may try to slip back in.
|It's a tedious job!|
The reward for all of my hard work will be beautiful flowers which we can see through the window above the kitchen sink and a lovely scene for my family, neighbors, and visitors. I try to keep my vision for the future in mind as I work slowly through the soil just as I hold the rewards of new habits before me as I work to make changes for the better in my life.
|This sunflower measured almost 11.5 feet tall.|
What have you learned from your garden lately?
Your garden columnist for The Christian Home Magazine.