The weather has finally warmed up after the crazy snow we had last week, so this weekend we got started on our garden pathway! Remember the plans I shared a few weeks ago? We want to add a little stone pathway down the side of our house, which currently looks like this:
Kinda messy, but it definitely has potential!
The first thing we had to do was get rid of all the weeds. There are dandelions galore all over the back yard; in the grass, in the garden beds, even growing up in between the cracks in the bricked patio area! Luckily, the Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer that Spectracide sent to me is designed to work on dandelions (along with tons of other weeds)! And it’s a non-selective herbicide, meaning it will kill any vegetation it comes in contact with, which is perfect because we want to completely clear the path area before setting down the paver stones!
Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer enters plants through the leaves and moves down to the roots so that it kills the entire plant. It’s only active inside the plant itself, not in the surrounding soil, which is great if you want to replant in the area. But for us it meant we had to rake up all those fallen leaves before we could start spraying, so we can actually see the leaves of the weeds we are trying to get rid of!
We’re keeping all the leaves we rake up so that I can start composting. As soon as I get a compost bin built, those leaves will be the first things in it!
Once the leaves were cleared we read the instructions on the bottle of Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer, hooked up the spray nozzle, and got to work!
It was super easy to spray down all the weeds and grass in the pathway, and because we wanted the entire pathway cleared, we didn’t have to worry too much about adjacent plants that we wanted to keep alive. But if you are spraying near plants you want to keep, just cover those plants 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!
I went outside to check on the progress the next day, and the weeds were already starting to turn yellow! Hurray!
The bottle said wait about a week for the weeds to die all the way down to the root, so we plan to rake up all the dead weeds next weekend and start laying the stones then. But in the meantime, check out the awesome pavers I found at Home Depot. I’m super excited to put these in next weekend!
What projects are you working on in your back yard? If you have garden plans for this spring, check out Spectracide’s Facebook page for great tips and tricks!
Disclosure: I received compensation from Spectracide and TapInfluence in exchange for my honest discussion of their products. But the Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer worked extremely well on the weeds in our backyard, 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! 🙂
To all of my yard warriors, whether you are after a total yard overhaul or just want to keep your yard looking its best, visit the Spectracide Facebook page for tips and savings to get started.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.