September 25, 2018

Weeding a Leslieville Corner Garden: Better Late Than Never, Part Two

Another (Really) Late Summer Toronto Garden Cleanup


We're into autumn but here's one last post about a summer weeding project I completed in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood in August. 

This corner lot faces two very busy streets and has many small odd-shaped garden sections which hadn't been weeded for a long time, as the "before" pictures will show. And, naturally, I had to deal with several large barberry shrubs which haven't seen the blades of clippers in a while. 


And you know by now how much I love working around barberries! (Sarcasm on).


I lived in Leslieville during the mid to late 1970s and passed by this very same house daily going to and from my middle school. And forty years later, I'm working on the same property, which I found amusing, in a circle of life kind of way.




Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Some of the beds leading to 
the front door (hidden from this angle) 
which were infested with 
foxtail weed (Setaria viridis)



Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Cleanup Before 




Toronto Leslieville Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
More lovely barberries! Why do they follow me?




Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company Leslieville Garden Cleanup Before
 An "inner courtyard" section which 
the clients wish to be used as a dog run. 
This makes sense as the section 
is right outside the back patio door, 
in full shade for most of the day 
and the soil is (or will be literally) crappy.


By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before
At the busy corner the weeds are 
thriving in full sun. I also was amazed 
how much trash collected in this area.


By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before
 This section is full of one of the worst 
weeds I deal with: perennial rye grass



Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Proof that simply mulching an exposed 
area is not enough. Some maintenance 
is required eventually.

Afterwards....



Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Mulch is often a busy homeowner's best friend, 
especially if  she isn't into gardening like this client. 
I suggested that mulch be spread on top of 
all the newly exposed areas like these two above.




Leslieville Toronto Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Ho hum hostas and hydrangeas. 
There's great potential for explosive 
flower colour and texture in these beds.  




Toronto Leslieville Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Leslieville Garden Cleanup After




Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company Leslieville Garden Cleanup After
 Leslieville Garden Cleanup After




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After
 Corners like this one are usually more 
problematic since they seem to attract 
all sorts of weed seeds and garbage.
Mulch, mulch, mulch!




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After
 This decrepit juniper needs to be 
shovel pruned, pronto!




Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Leslieville Front Garden Cleanup After 


Now, let the fall cleanups begin!