Hubby and I are off out in the garden soon to do some work, its about time too. We aren't great gardeners or regular gardeners either for that matter, but this week hubby has the week off work and we decided it was past time to get some jobs done out there.
Originally we had planned to go up to scotland to visit my sister and her family sunday till wednesday so we could go out for day trips with my sister and her kids who are also on holiday this week. When we visit we usually go on a saturday stay overnight and come home sunday and Ali is always saying we should go up for a bit longer so we can all go out and do something for the day. So we said we'd do that this week ,unfortunatey the weather forecast had other ideas and forecast rain and heavy rain for the days we would be up there, Typical the blooming weather always lets me down so we decided to postpone our trip.
As the weather was forecast to be dry here we decided to get some jobs done in the garden instead. So out we went yesterday with our trowels etc ready to tackle the weeds. At the top of our garden in front of the house we have two plots covered in slate pieces that we stand pots on in summer and for the last couple of years one plot has been steadily filling up with a weed called horsetail. We pull it up and coat it with weedkiller but nothing seems to stop it.
Yesterday we decided to drag all the slate off the plot and lift the weed suppressing membrane thats underneath to try to get to the roots of the weeds. Well by eck girls it was like a birds nest under there, the whole plot was covered in a mass of roots all knottted together and going off in every direction. We pulled and pulled and only managed to get the top layer off, there was no way these roots were giving up their home easily. We came in for a cuppa and I googled how to get rid of horsetail to see if I could find any tips.
|Nasty horsetail weed|
Well this was not what hubby wanted to hear either and so a plan was needed ....
Our plan is to concrete over the plot and hope to choke the roots and cut off their route to the surface!!!!!! Now this might not work forever as the roots could find their way through little gaps and cracks that may appear in the concrete over time but for this year hopefully it should get rid of most of them. So off hubby went to B&Q and bought some bags of ready mix concrete and then off we went back into the garden.
Ten bags of concrete and two achey people later and the plot is covered in concrete. BYE BYE WEEDS... we hope... Today when its dry we'll cover it back up with slate ready for some pots to go on top.
We also pulled up most of the other weeds in the gardens and sprayed the hard to pull or nettley ones with weedkiller to pull up later and I scrubbed the tabe and chairs ready for painting,
Today we're out to get the last few weeds and then its onto painting the fences and table and chairs with wood stuff and replacing the slate. No doubt when hubby and I come in tonight we'll look like we have very bad freckles as we'll be probably be covered in lots of specks of dark oak fence stuff. Whenever we've done the job in the past we always seem to get as much on us as the wood.
Right well hubby has already gone out so I best be off ladies enjoy your day and wish me luck xx