September 07, 2018

Weeding a Riverdale Corner Garden and Driveway: Better Late Than Never

A (Really) Late Summer Toronto Garden Cleanup


It's September and I'm still weeding? Well, yes. Weeds don't stop growing simply because of a calendar date and when I'm hired to do a garden cleanup at this time of the year, more often than not, it usually means that the garden hasn't been touched at all since...who knows when.

This post covers recent cleanup session for a house with a corner garden and parking pad in Toronto's Riverdale neighbourhood. The "before" pictures illustrate wonderfully what occurs when no one looks after a large area of un-mulched soil: air-borne weed seeds set up shop and happily grow unmolested. 

To give some background information, this house is another rental and the owner lives off-site. Out of site/sight definitely means out of mind, but not for the other homeowners living nearby. I suspect a tenant received some complaints about the state of affairs and suggested to the owner to "do something about this." 

I dropped by, took a look, came up with an estimate and was hired soon after. I'll walk you around and show you the scope of work:


Riverdale Toronto Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Looking towards the front door




Riverdale Summer Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
From the front door to the sidewalk




Riverdale Summer Garden Cleanup Before Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Part of the retaining wall at the sidewalk


Toronto Garden Cleanup in Riverdale Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
The very visible corner area



By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Garden Company Riverdale Frontyard Garden Cleanup Before
The raised bed around the corner 




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup Before
 The raised bed from above. 
This area was completely filled 
with Lamb's Quarters or 
Goosefoot (Chenopodium album)



By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Garden Company Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup Before
Mulberry saplings and 
part of the raised bed



Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Garden Company Riverdale Frontyard Garden Cleanup Before
 The raised bed and mulberry 
trees from the sidewalk




Riverdale Toronto Summer Garden Weeding and Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
The mulberry saplings near the AC unit



Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
The base of the retaining wall




Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
The base of the sidewalk at roadside



Riverdale Toronto Summer Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
The unused parking pad




Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup Before Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
At the base of retaining wall




Riverdale  Summer Garden Weeding and Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Inside the backyard, 
two Siberian Elm saplings

Afterwards...


The cleanup took about 12 hours, mulching included. It will be interesting how the space will look next year since, I think, no weeding will be done/hired out until "things get out hand" again.

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



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



Riverdale Summer Garden Cleanup After Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Riverdale Summer Garden Cleanup After



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



By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Garden Company Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup After
 Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup After:
The raised bed was mulched




By Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup After
Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup After



Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Garden Company Riverdale Frontyard Garden Cleanup After
Riverdale Frontyard Garden Cleanup After


Riverdale Toronto Summer Garden Weeding and Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Mulberry saplings removed



Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup After:
The sidewalk weeded and swept



Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Riverdale Front Garden Cleanup After



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



Riverdale Toronto Summer Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
The unused parking pad that no 
longer looks unused



Riverdale  Summer Garden Weeding and Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
The Siberian Elms cut down. 
My four legged friend certainly 
appreciates this!


Such a large and extensive cleanup reminds me of what a former garden cleanup client said to me many years ago: "We're not re-creating Versailles, we just want the garden to say 'someone gives a damn!'" 



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