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I actually have many nemesis lately as I try to whip our new home into shape: ferns (so many ferns!!!), wallpaper, small unwanted trees, big unwanted trees/bushes, the super ugly bathroom, perennials gone wild, just to name a few.  I digress.

As soon as the weather heated up, I knew I needed to get on top of the yard work.  This would be the year of a lush, weed free lawn.

Umm. . . maybe not so much.  You know the expression, “The grass is always greener on the other side?”  Well, at our place it really is greener at the neighbours place.

I grew up on a farm where it took 5 hours to mow all the lawn with a riding mower.  Consequently, I never learned the secrets of keeping a nice lawn.  My first inclination was to try and go the natural route with a weed picker.


Silly Kristen.

I tried at our giant lawn in Humboldt and I barely made a dent.  Moral of the story: Big Lawn=A Lot of Weed and Feed or Killex.  (Side note: Would you like a giant lawn in Humboldt?  With a really awesome house?  I know one for sale. . . just saying.)

It has actually worked very well at our place in Saskatoon.  The lawn is small, and if I get to it once a month it keeps things to a dull roar.

Progress has been slow in the house lately.  June is one of those months that I always think will be slower professionally, but never is.  The push is on for me to get all the painting done in the house by hopefully the end of July so we can install new floors before summer ends.


Do you have any brilliant cures for dandelions and aggressive perennials?  Hit me up in the comments!

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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