Lets talk about maintenance in the wildlife garden.
You know how something can look good in your mind and then not turn out the way you imagined.
I have a long mixed border (about 120 feet) along the south side of our property that curves around another 40 feet or so along our east property line. The idea was to plant a row of wildlife friendly shrubs (viburnums, dogwoods, etc) with a few smaller shrubs and perennials in front.
Maybe it's just the heat and drought getting to me but I'm discouraged.
I'm struggling to keep invasive stuff out. It's frustrating what sneaks in and goes unnoticed until it's very large and difficult to remove at the base of my shrubs. My berry producing shrubs have been very successful at attracting birds which then land on the shrubs and poop out honeysuckle and other seeds. I get a lot of unwanted trees and pokeweed. I don't have much trouble keeping weeds out of my perennials. I can SEE those. It's the ones that come up under the shrubs unseen that I'm having trouble with. This summer, I have pulled up dozens and dozens of mulberry seedlings and I'm sure I'll miss some. I know from experience that they're almost impossible to kill if you let them go and that worries me.
I'm sure it would've helped to have just kept mulch around the base of the shrubs instead of planting perennials and smaller shrubs right up next to them. I still think the trash trees and other stuff would sneak in though because the shrubs have leaves so close to the ground.
Do you limb up your shrubs to make them easier to weed around? Any advice? I'm starting to wonder if I'll eventually need a bulldozer.