Mani(a)c Monday: Weed or Shrub?

Danielle and I purchased our house just over 6 months ago and we moved into our house in the end of September. The issue with purchasing a house in the late summer/early fall is most flowers are gone, and the rest of the seasonal plants are either on their way out or are long gone.

After a restful winter Danielle and I have been anxious to get outside and give our house some curb appeal. As far as we were aware until this spring, we had a couple evergreen bushes scattered around the house, two Pussy Willow trees, three small birch trees, and a couple rocks for decoration. I can tell you for a fact, with how scattered they are and the shape they are in, these items don’t add a whole lot of curb appeal.

We took it upon ourselves to at least weed the rock beds this weekend. Our issue? Well, when you don’t know what other plants may be intentionally scattered throughout the rock beds you get to play our new favorite game, Weed or Shrub? Unfortunately for us, the previous owners were not avid gardeners. So the easiest way to tell what kind of plant it was was look at the roots. If it had a well developed root system, you guessed it. Weed. I haven’t weeded in a long time, and I can say, I haven’t been this sore in a long time. It’s going to be a lot of work to keep it up. Well, that’s what I said to Danielle and being a practical person, Danielle gave me a typical Danielle answer. Let’s just pour acid on it.

So here’s the plan, if you add iron sulfate to the soil, it becomes more acidic and the more acidic it is, the less plants like to grow it in. Well that is most plants.

Blueberry bushes love acidic soil. So to ease our future weeding nightmares. We will be be decorating our rock beds with blueberry bushes. Given Danielle’s research a developed blueberry bush produces 7+ pounds of blueberries a year. We will have a minimum of 7 bushes. For those of you keeping tally, that is 49+ pounds of blueberries a year.

We may have to have a blueberry harvesting party for those interested. It will be our warm up for the annual apple orchard run.




About Danielle Beranek

Life can get away from you when being young, married, and still fairly fresh out of college. Taking on a pet, student loans, going back to school, and soon a new house is enough to leave ones head spinning. For me, life is crazy, but only on the outside.
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