Do you need to weed? It’s not something we want to do, but it’s something we have to do.
Some weeds are pretty, but spread aggressively. I call this one the “Root of all Evil” because it can be hard to pull and develops seed heads almost as soon as it pops out of the ground.
About an acre of our land is planted with landscaping, fruit, or vegetable plants. We need to weed often, especially in the spring. Today I’ll share some tips and tools that may help you when you need to weed.
Need to weed tools
I have tried several seats while weeding, and this is my favorite. You can sit on it as a seat or flip it over and kneel on it.
My dogs like when I sit on it because then I’m at their level. Shelby thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to play fetch with me.
When in the seat position, you can store things in the “saddlebags” of this kneeling seat. I store my garden tools, gloves, hat, sunscreen, and timer inside them.
Timer? You may be asking. Why not just use your phone? That’s an option, but after accidentally dialing people before sunrise, when I like to start weeding, I stopped using it.
With this timer, you twist a dial to 60 or fewer minutes, and you can watch the shaded area count down to zero. I like seeing the time passing visually without draining my phone’s battery. If you limit how long you weed, you won’t get as sore.
Interactions with nature
Some like to listen to music while weeding to keep motivated. I like to listen to the sounds of nature around me.
Is that Raven saying, “Caw, caw, caw” or “Ha, ha, ha?”
I hear the Mountain Bluebirds chortling in agreement in the background.
Meanwhile, the Mule Deer hope I leave soon so they can get back to trimming my plants. They’re so helpful. NOT!
I buy many of my gardening products from big box stores but try to purchase local as well. I purchased these gardening gloves at Moonfire and Sun Garden Center, one of my favorite nurseries in Bend. The rubber surface on these gloves enables you to pull teeny tiny plants and bigger ones.
Though I have other tools, this Japanese Weeding Sickle is my current favorite. I can sweep it under shallow-rooted plants or use the sharp tip to get tap roots out. Note the manufacturer’s warnings on this product—it is SHARP!
Sometimes I can rake weeds out and this handheld rake works well.
For larger plants, this tool works great. You put it over the center of the plant, push down, then tilt it back. The stainless steel jaws grab the plant.
When you want to get rid of what you have pulled, you slide the yellow sleeve to send it flying into your pile of weeds.
Where do I put the weeds I’ve pulled? I like this small pop-up container, meant to be used as a car garbage can. It’s there when you need it and stores flat when you don’t need it.
What about larger plants and branches? We have three kinds of tumbleweeds that grow on our property, and I’ve found the perfect container for them. People often use these large pop-up garbage cans when camping.
Most of my tumbleweeds will fit inside of this collapsible can. However, this giant tumbleweed wouldn’t fit. It measured 7 feet 6 inches across. Can you see me standing behind it?
Need to weed tips
Do I pull every plant in my gardens? No, I leave some. Several non-native plants, like these Mullein plants, attract birds.
Our native plants, like these Oregon sunshine and asters, have bright, long-lasting blossoms, so I leave them as well.
We have landscape cloth under some of our plantings but it doesn’t reduce the need to weed very much. In fact, my dog, Tesla, is a better weed barrier. See her in the middle of the picture below, sound asleep in the wallow she created?
Consider adding mulch, rocks, flagstones, and boulders to reduce the areas where weeds can grow.
One last bit of advice, try to choose plants known to grow well in your environment. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Service for suggestions. Here’s a list of Cooperative Extension Services by state.
Hope my suggestions help when you need to weed!
Friday Flowers (and Weeds)