It is with a heavy heart that I am forced to declare a war. This is not a war of my choice – rather – it is a war that has been thrust upon me. My territory has been invaded by a heartless mass, and I shall repel it.
Friends, Countrymen, please join me in the war on Japanese Stiltgrass. Yes, this non-native plant has invaded my back yard. I have thus far been unsuccessful in killing it off for good. Yes, I drive it back, but it always returns. This tit for tat action is getting me nowhere. Even the utter destruction of all life in the backyard with round-up, while effective at driving the enemy back, has not allowed me to hold the area.
Therefore, this afternoon, I have begun a new strategy. I have deployed one of the herbicides that claim not to harm your grass against it. My hope is that I can cultivate grass to push it back. But alas, so far I have been totally unable to destroy it.
I may break out the tiller this fall and go for the nuclear option if I cannot hold it at bay this summer… Of course, that could backfire on me too.
I’ll just call the concrete company and buy a bucket of green paint…