Sunday, April 13, 2008

Throwing money at the problem

A few days ago I talked about weeding the azalea border and how I was going to have to dig out all the weeds around my birdbath. In the spirit of "good fences make good neighbors" I decided that the short plastic border edging I was using just wasn't doing the trick and I needed to install a more substantial boundary between those things flowery and those things yard-y. So I did. OK, grass on one side, flowers on the other, everybody play nice!

You can still see weeds around the birdbath - haven't gotten to pulling them yet and the weather turned cooler so I will have to wait to plant anyway - but I defy any weedy, creeping thing to jump over those landscape timbers and infiltrate my azalea border!

However, this is truly an example of throwing money at the problem. I hired my lawnmowing guy and his son to install these things yesterday. I haven't gotten the bill yet, but I am steeling myself for the blow. The darned landscaping timbers are around $3.75 each and a metal stake to pin them into the ground costs more than a dollar. Plus labor, I'm thinking it's going to be a big ouch when I get the bill. But if it will save me from constant weeding, I'm willing to take the hit.


Jacquie said...

I like the landscape timber look! And anything to keep weeds from creeping in is a good thing!

Linda said...

I love your Azaleas...I have tried to get them to grow at my house but they don't like me. My MIL with the green thumb has tried at my house too without any luck. I don't think it's just me, I think it's our soil but they sure are pretty to look at....Yours are lovely and I like your landscape timbers too. I'm with you, it's worth any amount of money to have help in the yard...Happy spring! Linda