Saturday, May 17, 2014
This Stuff Sucks almost as much as Morning Glory
Sorry I been quiet the last two days. I ended up having to work yesterday and today which figures they would call after the rains stopped when I needed to get the grass mowed.... AGAIN. So when I got home I immediately jumped on the mower and got busy until the sun went down. Last night I was too tired to post anything and didn't even get to catch up on anyone's blogs or anything.
I finished the lawn around the Small-Hold this evening and even had a bit of time left to attack Small-Hold enemy number two before it got dark.
See that stuff in the picture? Can anyone guess what that is?
It's the rhizomes of whatever variety of Crabgrass we get around here. I hate that stuff almost as much as Morning Glory but only because the rhizomes are large enough that I can do pretty significant damage to it when I dig it out. With Morning Glory and other Bindweed the roots are so thin there is no way I can get as much of it, I always miss some and it comes back. It is at least possible to get ahead of the Crabgrass eventually but you have to watch it close and jump on it as soon as you see a shoot poke through. It especially sucks when I get a patch mixed in with my corn as the shoots look almost exactly like corn shoots at first.
Those rhizomes you see in the picture are laid out on a 4x8' sheet of particle board plywood and were all dug out of a section of the garden that didn't even measure two foot square. They were also down as deep as twelve inches under ground. I will need to quarantine that section of the garden now and dig it up frequently to sift through the dirt and find all the little pieces of the root/rhizome that I missed. Otherwise all those pieces will soon sprout new shoots of their own.
Those roots I dug up will stay on the plywood sheet where they can't do any damage until I burn off another brush pile when I will throw them on the fire. The rhizomes can live out of the ground for years I have heard and will simply start the life process over if they earth they can send their little evil tendrils down into.
The stuff is pure evil.
Crabgrass and Bindweed are the two things that laugh at wood chip mulch too. In fact they thrive in it and once I see either of them pushing through the only thing I can do is rake the wood chips away and dig the offending plant up as best I can.
Anyway I get a day off tomorrow to finish some bee hive checks, baiting some traps and get the other two lawns I take care of mowed.
I will try and catch up with everyone's blogs tonight and tomorrow night and hope I don't get called into work Monday because the garden needs some serious attention right now before the next rains hit.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!