this was two weeks after steve initially cleared the plot. you can see how quickly the bad vegetation is returning. thankfully, even though it's back, it wasn't quite at mutant level, so i pulled out the pruning shears and chopped back all those little suckers.
now i know some of you are probably thinking, "you need to pull out the root system, or they're going to constantly come back." and you're totally right. but our problem is that because of the massive sumac tree and the massive ivy vine, our whole back yard is a tangle of big thick roots. if we were going to get rid of all the quickly returning vegetation, we would need to cut down the big tree and vine, and rip out the main stump as well as all the little stumps all over the back yard.
and since we may only be here a year (or two), and we don't own this place, i'm just not willing to put in that kind of effort. plus, who knows if our landlord would even let us??
so i cut back everything i could, and ripped out roots where i was able. and this is what i planned to put down...
it's really meant for people who have big yards and they've got an empty spot here or there that they want to fill. i opted to go this route because
- our yard is so small, it's practically the size of some people' empty spots.
- it was economical--only $9.99 for this bag that says it will cover 100 sq ft
- it was all-in-one. this concoction has seed, fertilizer, and mulch all mixed in, so i don't have to worry about getting fertilizer too, or something to keep the seeds from blowing/washing away on me.
it has the consistency of insulation or cotton candy (minus the itchy or the sticky). and the "mulch" is small bits of biodegradable paper that have been mixed in with the seed and the powered fertilizers. the picture on the box shows gloved hands spreading the stuff, but i went with my bare hands. i will let you know that the powder does waft in the breeze, the more you pull it apart, and when i blew my nose later that night, i def had some up there.
this is how far one bag got me...
which makes me glad i'd gotten the second bag. i had used a heavy hand, and also sprinkled it all up into the tree's roots, so i'm sure that if i'd needed to make one bag work, i could have.
all those big brown nobby things you see?? they're all the small roots popping up, that have been repeatedly chopped back.
so now i water twice a day and hopefully i'll have a lawn in 7 - 14 days. i'll keep you posted. :)
ps gold stars to anyone who knows what this title references. ;-)