So, some of you may remember the horrid mess I encountered in one of my perennial beds this spring, thanks to my total neglect.
I continued my pattern of neglect right through the summer, but this week I decided the time had come to face up to my sins and fix things up. (Actually, I decided this last week, but it rained.)
If you, as I, have a nasty secret in your backyard, here are a few steps you can take to turn your life around.
1. Admit that you are powerless over quackgrass, that it really has become unmanageable.
2. Come to believe that a power greater than a trowel, fork, spade, or tiller is needed. Consider the merits of Roundup.
3. Start digging.
4. Put aside shame and ask for help.
5. Consider the layered newspaper thing. Smack yourself, remembering it is not a match for this particular problem.
6. Keep digging. Remind yourself that you really do need to divide the bulbs and the perennials anyway.
7. Lift all valuable plants. Marvel at the ability of grass roots to penetrate straight through an iris rhizome.
10. Consider Roundup.
11. Vacillate between replanting now, or stashing all the keeper plants in another part of the yard until the grass is really, really, really gone, either by Roundup or newspaper.
12. Remember that grass is never gone; stash plants/bulbs/etcetera in garage and put off decision for tomorrow.