Common sense solution

We had an ongoing problem with weeds in our front yard and were tired of pulling them out.  Poison was no solution, as the weeds would turn brown and die, and we still would have to pull them out.  Then, new weeds would appear:

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The only solution was to spread rocks over the dirt surrounding each croton.  We could buy either white crushed rock or grey gravel.  We chose the white crushed rock.

We bought five bags.  I dumped the contents of two bags over the dirt and spread the rocks with a hoe.  Then, David took over and spread the contents of three bags.  The  bags were extremely heavy, so we hope we never have to go through this ordeal again.

This is the result of our hard work:

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8 Responses to “Common sense solution”

  1. David Says:

    You are a very smart person. Your solution is a real time saver.

    P.S. Congratulations on your 72nd birthday. I hope to celebrate your 100th with you in 28 years!

  2. Carole Says:

    Just beautiful! It will save you a lot of work, and it is very attractive too.

  3. DJan Says:

    A very good solution. I like the pretty white rocks contrasting with the crotons. 🙂

  4. Christine Says:

    Glad you found a solution to your problem.

  5. Olga Says:

    Did you put some kind of fabric mulch around the plants before the rocks? I use bark mulch around my plants but I put a layer of newspaper down first to discourage weeds further. It has worked very well for me.

    i have landscape rocks around a stepping stone walk at my FL place, but I have to hire someone to spray the weeds that pop up through them. I leave her a large supply of weed killer that I make and a sprayer. I mix a gallon of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of salt, and a tablespoon of Dawn blue liquid. I kills the weeds very quickly and they shrivel so much that there is usually no need to pull dead weeds.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      That’s interesting. Never heard of that solution before. But, I will just have to live with my solution, because I don’t want to remove all of the rocks and start over again. What a pain that would be.
      As for the poison, I’ll consider it. Wonder if the area would smell like vinegar.

  6. dkzody Says:

    Olga has a point. Our neighbors put crushed gravel on a strip between our yards where weeds would grow, but they didn’t put the fabric down first. Now, the weeds just grow up around the crushed gravel. Your rocks, however should last a lot longer than the next-door gravel because the rain won’t wash it away like it did here. Vinegar works as a safe weed killer.

  7. Tom Sightings Says:

    Good idea. We use mulch; but I think your idea is better!

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