02 May 2015 15:02:33
Grass with gravel
May 2 2015
Well, our gardener came this week and the big job was to restore order, which he did. Franco, as you might be able to guess, is from Italy. I've never known anyone to do so much work so quickly. Borders were trimmed and edged, beds cleared, wilder areas strimmed until the whole thing was once again looking peaceful and tidy. An orderly garden is very relaxing to sit in, though I don't like it over-preened and pruned.
Anyway, we explained to Franco that we'd like to use a non-toxic treatment of some kind to kill the weeds and grass that are threatening to take over the gravel drive. From the photograph below you'll see the situation is pretty bad, though not all as bad as what you can see there. That's the worst bit, honest. Having consulted friends on facebook, I was assured that either a salt-water or vinegar and water solution would do the trick - possibly needing two or three applications. Franco scoffed at these suggestions when I mentioned them - and wasn't remotely concerned about the alleged cancer-causing properties of the infamous Roundup. We ran out of time and left it that he'd come back next week during which time I'd make my mind up about what to use.
To my immense surprise, he'd been and done the job while we were out the very next day. Hmmmm. Only it's been raining for two days solid ever since so I'm wondering if we may yet have to start all over again. Next time, I'm going to have to be sure to get in first with either the salt or the vinegar. Possibly both?