If you saw my post last Monday, you'll know that I was hoping for a more productive week's gardening. And what a week it's been! DH helped me to tidy out the garden shed and we took two whole carloads of junk to the dump. Faded and torn parasols. Bits of timber from projects from 8 years ago. Punctured footballs and tennisballs. Inflatables that didn't inflate.... Broken lanterns. You know the stuff I mean. (And, yes, folks, it really does get easier to fling clutter, the longer you do things the Flylady way!)
I also did the usual 'SHE' (side-tracked home executive) thing and went completely gung-ho on weeding the garden path. (As well as any other unsuspecting paved areas that had a green tinge that happened to catch my eye...)
Anyway, I did at least use my Flylady timer and only allowed myself to do 15 minutes worth at a time. When the timer went off, I moved to a different area/had a glass of water (it was dang hot this week)/unfurled my back and tried to stand upright ;D
Step One: remove any huge green bits by hand
Step Two: attack the cracks in the paving with a sharp implement
Step Three: sweep the area as soon as the timer goes off
Step Four: admire your handiwork (and don't worry about the little bits of green that are left behind - it's progress we want, not perfection)
And I had a lightbulb moment... If I get the kids to sweep the paths on a regular basis (because there's always some dust/earth/grass cuttings/flower petals etc) then surely there's less chance of new things being able to grow between the cracks... :)
I started using Flylady techniques in the garden about 2 years ago. After all, what works for the house works for the garden, or school or the office, right? And I can see that the paved areas I worked on last year haven't been near so bad this year. So, who knows, maybe five years down the line we'll be - gasp - weed-free?! To be honest, I'm just pleased that I no longer have that awful overwhelmed feeling when I look out the window... Cheers, Flylady!
Hope you have a marvelous Monday! :)
PS: The kids and I had a great weekend under canvas!