I want to be a landscape artist but am discouraged:

My own yard always looks like shit because I won’t use chemicals.

I can draw or design something beautiful but I can’t make it happen because of weeds. Is it possible not to use chemicals? Or is the secret the pros have lots of chemicals and really powerful?

Like I read a lot about an entire organize method of overcrowding your plants so weeds have no space to grow and a tough fight for nutrients. It’s been 3 years, my plants are all mature, and there are fricking weeds everywhere. I just spent an hour, filled two 5 gallon buckets with weeds and it looks like my garden hasn’t even been touched.

I’d be embarrassed to charge anyone for these results.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Pic not mine, my personal pics file size are to large to share.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      you know you can resize your pics to virtually any recuded size you want., takes alll of 2 seconds

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        On an iPhone?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          apple gays crack me up

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Your really a problem solver aren't you lmao

            I have no clue what any of that means or why it would make a file size smaller. All my outdoor pics are much bigger file size so I assume it has to do with how much light is available causing less compression of the colors.

            Anyway this is about how to establish designer gardens without using chemicals and if it’s possible.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              You don’t need chemicals, you need to weed.
              Weeding sucks but if you want a garden it’s a necessity. What I do is break it up in small pieces so I don’t learn to hate my garden. During the week I’ll spend ten to twenty minutes a day after work pulling weeds. It clears my head after my commute and makes it so it’s not some overwhelming task I feel is never ending.
              I few thing that can help are weed stop fabric, just cut holes for the plants you want. Of course a nice layer of mulch will cut down on weeds. Vinegar is something safe that will kill weeds but when they die you’ll still need to pull them up, so might as well just pull them without it.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Weed stop just makes a headache for you later on.
                Any mulch needs to be reasonably removable, so if you're that anal, plastic on top of the entire bed in thick enough ply to block sunlight--and hope you don't cook your soil.
                Mulch is cheaper than shitbox weed fabric in terms of sanity.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Your really a problem solver aren't you lmao

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >is it possible not use chemicals?
    Boiling water will kill weeds, but honestly a clean looking bed requires work.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That’s not practical for commercial products and a customer wouldn’t want a bed they have to weed

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I plant easy and vigorous growing plants close together, and keep a thick bed of mulch. I mix things from the Asteraceae family that seeds and spreads regularly. Certain groundcovers choke out weeds well. Don't mess with weeds much, but point is flower beds will require maintenance.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Thank you so that’s the organic strategy I followed but 1 thing I learned, being in Florida deep mulch and over crowded doesn’t affect some of our weeds because we have lateral ground running weeds that can stretch 40-50 ft without sun. It’s because some part of the plant is getting sun much further away like a neighbors yard or the lawn.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Do you guys use pine needle or wood mulch?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            How about making the bed inside a buried steel or ceramics box? That way no roots can spreat out, you know kinda like plots in a graveyard

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Are you stupid? Or is this bait. Your customer pays you or someone else to do regularly maintenance

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Who do you know who will pay someone $120 to come manually weed their yard every 2 weeks?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >I won’t use chemicals.

            Foolish child doomed to fail.

            120 is pocket change.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Who was Capability Brown?

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone have that infographic about how the introduction of weed killers also killed a less invasive plant that was helpful in preventing other weeds from growing? The name of the plant would also be helpful.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why not use mulch or gravel or something where the weeds cannot grow through?

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ranked in order, based on cost time and effectiveness
    >propane weed torch
    >black or clear plastic tarp, leave on for 2 months
    >diquat
    >glysophate
    >pulling by hand

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