prairie garden mess
After ridiculous labor clearing a chunk of lawn to make way for a new prairie garden, our first year was a total disaster. Until late August it looked like a weed patch, and in fact, was almost overrun with crabgrass. Eventually we had blooms -- lots of black-eyed susans, for example -- and there was some relief, but all summer I was the shame of the neighborhood with what can only be described as a mess. I think the garden needs to be broken down some way into smaller, neater "patches", but what I need most of all is to control the crabgrass this year (it's still pre-emergent here.) I am buying corn gluten meal for the lawn and was thinking of sprinkling it between the prairie plants that have come up to keep it neat. Any experience with this? Any other hints on keeping the garden from looking like a big weed patch?