Isn’t this a delightful look? This is what I come home to every evening–or it was, until last weekend, when, as you can see by the photo, I got out my handy crack weeder (which sounds like the gardener is doing the weeding under the influence of illegal substances, but really is that nifty tool that I left lying around in the photo in case you’re not familiar with it) and got rid of all that annual grass, chickweed and hoary bittercress.
This is actually about 6 weeks earlier than I normally do it but for various reasons my summer gardening is going to be a bit off schedule so, since I couldn’t stand the look of this, it had to go.
One of the things that I always try to do, no matter what’s happening in my gardening life, is what I call “weed triage.” It comes from the title of this post, which is, in full, “one year’s weeds, seven years’ seeds.” In other words, if you let your weeds go to seed, they will become quite a problem. Hence, weed triage. I may not always have time to do a full weeding of a garden bed, but you can be sure that if I see a weed flowering, I am going to go in and get it out before it seeds everywhere! Ugh!
And since the annual grass in the above photo with already in flower, and the chickweed was just beginning, this stuff had to go!
I feel your pain: Yesterday I realized with horror that the back patio had suddenly grown a tiny “forest” of chickweed in almost all the cracks between the pavers. Now, if I had only given the patio a quick nuking when I first spotted those teeny-tiny-little-ittybitty seedlings last week… gaaaah!
I too saw some chickweed gone to seed just this morning. OMG!
Oh well. They say it’s good for feeding birds. Sigh.