As a result of 5+ inches of rain in one month (August) the weeds have gone to town.  I hand pull most weeds so I have material for the topsoil restoration barriers but this is getting ridiculous.

This area around the bungalow, inside and outside the wall, was weeded numerous times this summer.  Three times for tumbleweed and other volunteers, and now for the annual finger grass that mysteriously grew after the last herbicide treatment.  Fortunately, finger grass is an annual and will die on its own after seeding and it is easy to pull, so I'll be spending the rest of the day pulling grass.

Partially cleared Finger grass, an annual grass growing around the bungalow.

cleared of weeds.


  1. We bought an electric weed whacker this year. I agree, the weeds are ridiculous! Our grasses and wildflowers [some called Stinkweed] are waist high! It's hard to see the venomous snakes!

  2. The weed whacker is down at the moment, but I have found that cutting the weeds does not get the roots and leaves stubble which looks bad around the houses, so I pull. The stink weed/careless weed/pig weed - Amaranth - makes really good topsoil barriers since it is heavier than grass and holds a good deal of moisture in the stems and taproot, so I pull. The volume of biomass makes it ideal for barriers, so I pull. I have ordered a scythe to help clearing the Amaranth in the riverbed and will try it around the houses. I'm just thankful the weeds are mostly annuals and the leftovers will die back.

  3. Yep, stubble but we needed the weed whacker in this "war"
    We have both pulled grasses up in the driveway area. Wish I'd heard Al's talk on native grasses. sigh
    although Al has told us many of the grasses while hiking together..........

  4. Most of what I have been pulling for the past several days is an annual grass which will die on its own, but it leaves biomass which becomes a resource for the next season, so I pull and redistribute.