I can’t wait for the weather to warm up; I have such huge plans for our brand new back yard! I want to put an edible garden in the raised garden bed, get some flowering vines to grow up the trellises on the garage, and plant a little flower garden along the side of the house!
It definitely looks like someone had a garden here in the side yard, but after the long, cold winter we just had, it doesn’t surprise me that now it looks like this.
But can’t you see the potential in that little side garden?! There’s already a comfy bench right in the middle of it, so all it needs now is a little bit of cleanup, some pretty flowers in the planter beds, and a little garden pathway right up the middle of it!
So of course, when I was given the opportunity to try out Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer, I jumped at the chance! It sounds like it’s the perfect thing to get rid of any grass and weeds in the area currently. I definitely want grass to grow in and around this little pathway area eventually, but since we just moved in, I don’t know what sort of weeds are lurking there just under the surface, so I think it’s better to clean out the whole area and start fresh!
It actually seems like the previous owners were pretty avid gardeners. It was a little hard to tell when we bought the house because the snow didn’t melt until about a week ago, but I think this backyard used to be gorgeous! Even with all the snow, you can tell that someone loved this backyard.
There’s a brick patio and trellises so vines can climb the garage. And around the side of the garage is a raised planter bed, perfect for growing an herb or vegetable garden!
I’ve already started some seeds indoors for the herb garden, but it’s still pretty cold outside, so it will be a while until I can transplant them into the bed.
So for now I plan to start with the little side yard. It has so much potential to be a pretty place to sit, read a book, and enjoy a beautiful garden! I can’t wait to get something growing on the trellis that arches over the gate; it’s going to be like my own little secret garden, tucked away in the corner of the yard!
I’ve been browsing around Pinterest trying to find some inspiration for a garden path. I want paver stones or natural stones with grass growing up between them. Something that is both functional for walking on, but also pretty and organic-looking. Kinda like this:
Or maybe something like this, with square or circular stones and grass growing up between them:
My plan is to rake up the debris and leaves, and clear all the vegetation in the path area between the brick-edged garden beds using Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer. It’s a non-selective herbicide, which means it will kill any vegetation it comes in contact with, which is perfect for completely clearing the area so we can set down paver stones.
And the best part is, after we remove the old grass and any weeds in the area, we can plant new grass around the stones a week later and it will be just fine! Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer enters plants through the leaves and moves down to the roots so that it kills the entire plant. Because it’s only active inside the plant, you don’t have to worry about permanent damage to the soil or nearby plants that you don’t want to remove. Just cover any plants you want to keep with a piece of cardboard or plastic when you spray, and they’ll be totally fine as long as the spray doesn’t get on the leaves! And if you’re clearing an area so you can replant, just wait 7 days before planting any new vegetation!
I can’t wait for the stuff to get here so I can get started! In the meantime I’m having tons of fun picking out stones to go in the pathway, and I’ll get JM to do the boring parts like raking up fallen leaves. 🙂
If you have garden plans for this spring, check out Spectracide’s Facebook page! They have a $2 coupon off Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer at Walmart and a downloadable $5 rebate when you spend $20 on Spectracide products. Plus they’re a great resource for lawn care tips and tricks!
Disclosure: I received compensation from Spectracide and TapInfluence in exchange for my honest discussion of their products. But the I’m really looking forward to trying out the Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂
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