Monday, June 29, 2015

Perfection with Weeds

You can't imagine how good this photo makes me feel. These people have manicured bushes and beautiful plantings yet they have weeds in their pavers just like the ones I have in my gravel driveway. It's good to know somebody else doesn't want to spray either. I actually mowed my driveway last week and it's looking more and more like an extension of my lawn. via


Lady Jane said...

I planted scotch moss around my stepping stones and it looks great, lol... It was an achieved look I actually wanted...

penelopebianchi said...

I love the greenery in the pavers; and in gravel driveways! Look at Bunny Mellons house in the country!

Greenery all over and through the pavers! Spraying poisons the birds!! I plant things between pavers; and the chickens eat them!!!

Tracy said...

Great tip I eliminate weeds from gravel, in between pavers, etc., consider investing a small amount in a very small blow torch. Sounds hideous, I know, but they make very light weight ones that you can carry with one hand and they have a very small little 'tank' of fuel on them. One tank lasts me an entire season and you can 'torch' all your weeds away literally in minutes, just walking up and down. No chemicals. You don't actually set anything on fire, you just watch the weeds wilt instantly and they die overnight. It's brilliant. Amazon carries them.

Cleo from Jersey said...

Are you sure they're weeds and not ground cover? It does make me feel better to see that though. I make a combination of vinegar, dawn, and water, pour it over those pesky green things between the pavers, and the next morning...gone!

jusaweecatnap said...

I quite like the effect in the picture, and don't think of them as weeds at all. I listen to a guy on our local public radio station, Mike McGrath, who has several suggestions for weeds in gravel driveways. If you want to listen to what he has to say, you can go to
or this show
I know he has mentioned in the past the possibility of a specially designed metal mesh that you lay on the ground instead of a paved or gravel driveway. The grass grows up through the mesh and hides it, yet you can drive on it without creating ruts in the ground. You mow it along with the rest of the lawn. In one of these shows he also mentions special pavers that accomplish the same thing. And he mentions the weed flamer noted above. Lots of options that might be worth exploring for long-term payback.

penelopebianchi said...

Those are healthy and "green" to get rid of the greens? I LOVE Them! Certainly vinegar is better than that poison "roundup"; but what don't you like about them? I love them growing in my driveway....I love them in my gravel paths..

take a peek!

It might make you think again about gardens......and I have to post more pictures.....of our gardens!!!!

penelopebianchi said...

It makes me really sad that people really want to get rid of greenery like this. Sob. Vinegar....why are they "pesky green things" instead of lovely green plants that provide food for bees and birds.....

It makes me terribly sad.

I adore the pesky green things! And encourage their growth! I guess it takes all kinds!!!

Content in a Cottage said...

justaweecatnap....Thanks for the links. I will check out this wonderful sounding man. I have been trying to let my driveway go back to grass and it's hard because the weeds are very thick in some places and nonexistent in others. I guess I'll have to throw down some top soil. I'm afraid of the flame thrower because of my grove of evergreen spruce trees but it does sound like a good idea. I've never heard of that mesh but it sounds like a good idea too. Thank you so much. Have a great July 4th long weekend.
xo, Rosemary

Tara Dillard said...

Not weeds, totally CHOICE !

Post WWI, in Europe, manicured stone terraces no longer had cheap labor to maintain. Plants were allowed to grow in the cracks no longer pointed with regular maintenance. A look I had originally thought, designed. Instead, history did the design.

More, the garden you show needs no fertilizer, irrigation and is maximum pollinator habit.

Weeds? No. Totally designed.

Ironically, the designer of the garden shown, I was able to refer as a speaker to his local garden club. They had contacted me about knowing of someone. Didn't know him, but liked his work and sent the link. He said yes.

Weeds? You make me smile.

Look at Bunny Mellon's gardens, or mine, we do the Tara Turf thing, copying Vita & etc.

And, you do it too, already, but didn't know it. Very good dry humor in this.

Happy 4th.

Garden & Be Well, XO T

Karen said...

Being in a terrible drought, I love green, even if its from weeds. On my walk on Sunday I spotted a cluster of dandelions in full bloom. There were about a dozen yellow was very pretty.

whiterose said...

It most likely not weeds, it is a ground cover that is planted between pavers, many kinds most creep. I had them in my old

tammy j said...

i love this!
but then i like weeds. most of them anyway.
a weed is just a plant growing where it's not wanted!
i love the lowly dandelion. so cheery with their bright little faces and delicious leaves!