Gardening Mistake: Homeowner Seeks Advice

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A Utah couple encountered a significant challenge in their beginner's gardening journey while attempting to rewild their yard.

According to a post on r/NativePlantGardening, the couple shared their experience of transitioning from a conventional lawn to native plants a few years back without realizing the prevalence of bindweed in their yard.

Despite spending countless hours removing the invasive bindweed during the summer, it returned even stronger the next spring, now covering 80% of the soil beneath their native garden filled with Lewis blue flax, milkweed, lupine, snowberry, and serviceberry. This situation prompted them to consider starting over and approaching it correctly from the start.

"Bindweed is an elusive and tricky weed to manage," with creeping vines that can choke plants and can stay dormant in the soil for up to 60 years, as noted by the Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Each year in the U.S., about one billion pounds of pesticides are used to manage lawns, pests, and weeds, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. These chemicals are linked to various health risks, including cancer.

Switching from traditional lawns to native options offers multiple benefits, such as minimizing exposure to harmful chemicals, reducing water and maintenance costs, and supporting local pollinators and wildlife.

The post garnered numerous comments advising the couple to combat bindweed using non-toxic methods like mulching.

"Don't be too hard on yourself. Invaders are invasive for a reason," one Redditor empathized.

"Live and learn!" another encouraged.

"It's okay to make mistakes," the original poster added after receiving positive feedback.

 

Source: The Cool Down

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