We bought our house a little over two years ago, and according to our neighbor, the owners put plastic on all the beds that border our front lawn before covering them with bark chips, in an attempt to "beautify" the yard. The people didn't really know what they were doing, as evidenced by the fact that the geraniums that were lining the front walk the first time we looked at the house were dead by the time we closed and moved in. They planted them under the overhang then never watered.
If you want to eliminate weeds from your flower beds, there are many other options besides burying plastic in the ground, such as:
- lay plastic down on a hot day and it will cook everything underneath. Remove it after a few days or weeks.
- cover the area with newspapers, which will eventually compost
- cover the area with leaves or straw, which will eventually compost
- fill the area with plants that you want!
- let the weeds live. Dandelions have many uses, and can be pretty if you look at them the right way. Read about the positive side of the dandelion here. (I do dig up dandelions myself.)
Enough complaining, though. Here are some flower photos from my front yard! It is finally spring!
|One of the new flowers|
|One of the tulips I planted last year|
|This bush is by our front door. I bought it years ago and kept it potted until last year.|
|This is actually my neighbor's tree. So pretty!|
Happy Earth Day on Friday!