I have a weed in my flower beds. Everywhere actually. It is green, and could be considered a grown cover of some sort. It isn’t ugly per se, doesn’t have goat heads, or anything noticably bad. But it does strangle eveything else, not enough to kill it, just enough to stunt its growth at this time. I always seem to put off removing it, because it is a daunting task. When we moved into our house in April, there were a few areas that were bare… no weeds, plants or anything…. in one planter, I planted a miniature rose plants, and below it, creeping myrtle. The plants were not dead, which is a plus for me, but they were getting covered by this weed. I decided yesterday was the time to tackle it. As I gently moved the good plants leaves, I was able to get under it, and pretty easily removed the weed…the more of the weed that I removed, the easier it was to remove them. Knowing that this evil weed likes to leave its seed everywhere, I also had to be proactive, and sprinkle preen all over the place.
As I did this, I realized that this weed is also like culture. You can plant seeds of hope, and start with a beautiful garden, but then the weeds come in, and begin to stunt the growth of the plants. You can ignore it, but it continues to grow and will eventually kill the good plants. Or you can dilifgently begin to remove the weeds at the root. It is unpleasant at first, but once gone, it is beautiful again. However, to keep the negative culture away, you have to cultivate and invest in the existing plants…. and be diligent to remove the weeds if the reemerge….and if you leave even a tiny bit, they will re emerge..