Well, being sick or exhausted for a couple weeks we've missed the easy time to really do ground clearing, now we have a thoroughly greened area. We went from just go yank it up to, I suggest power tools. Given that this slope is a if we have time area, not a focus area I have a sneaking suspicion it isn't going to be gotten to this summer. Ahh well. That said, none of what's over there is something that has to die right now, the only weed we have around that needed to die right now was in our front garden bed, so we did something about it.
The Lady of the House did a great job of working on the front of house garden bed. Sadly I'm the one that got the photos, and this is the only one that kind of came out. She put in the herbs that we picked up from the seedling swap, and mulched the bed thoroughly. Of course, before she did that I went in to deal with our hated foe, the Snowcap. The weed that we've spent hours over 4 years, and a lot of hours of our work and friends work trying to kill. After all that time we finally gave up, and I went to a tool I thought I'd never use. Yep, Roundup.
Obviously we're cautious about Roundup, it's a chemical that's a focus of a lot of concern right now. I could go through and pull up articles on it that show that it's both safe, and unsafe. I'm going to be blunt, I don't want to use any chemical pesticide, herbicide, or anything of that nature on our property that aren't entirely necessary.
By this point, I'm fairly certain there isn't anything that we are able to do to the Snowcap that is going to kill it that doesn't involve herbicides. We've tried digging up damn near 2 feet down and ripping out every last bit of root we could find, and the stuff still comes back. We've tried pulling up every green bit possible, still it comes back. Well, I can say that isn't going to happen this time.
So in the end, why did we use Roundup when we do have concerns about it?
At a certain point you have encountered an obstacle that with hand tools, and the time and energy you have you can't overcome. At that point you use different tools, tools that will be effective with the time, skill, and energy you have. In the case of weeds this pernicious, that's Roundup or other similar chemicals. I'm uncomfortable having to use it, and this isn't ever going to be a regular weed killer on our property, but in this case, it became our last resort.
On an ethical level I'm uncomfortable giving Monsanto any money at all given their behaviors, but there isn't a company that produces herbicides that I want to give money to, and I know Roundup works very well. I can't let this invasive species expand out of the garden and into the yards and the woods and where ever else. I also can't spend all spring, summer, and fall exclusively trying to fight this thing. Can't say if it was the best decision, but it is the one I felt we had to make given our situation.