Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Foxtails - The Bane of My Existence

So the foxtails have taken over again this year, and spread themselves once more all throughout the front and back yards. It was like that when I moved in - the yards were nothing but fields of foxtails. And my little fixer-upper of a house was beset with infestations - thorny locust trees in the yard, black widows all along the eaves of the house and in the garage door, earwigs everywhere, and foxtails. There were poisonous oleander plants in the yard as well.

Needless to say, I've put a lot of work in, but with these annual weeds popping up, it sure doesn't look like it. Well, with the drought going on, it wouldn't be smart to put down grass seed or sod. I'm trying to "dryscape" in places, putting down rocks so that hopefully it stems the unceasing tide of foxtail growth. I've been adding plants to the yard as well, to take up areas that would otherwise be taken up by these invasive weeds.

What's a person to do, though? I've been picking the weeds by hand, and stuffing them into garbage bags, and I've got quite a pile of those building up on the side of the house. All the online articles I've read suggest picking them by hand, so as not to spread the seeds. You know you can rent goats, right? Well apparently goats won't even eat foxtails. Ugh.

I have a lot of work ahead of me, but know this: I WILL WIN THIS WAR!!!!

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