I live in a neighborhood that has pretty relaxed standards about landscaping and upkeep. And personally, I'm charmed by flowers that find their way into cracks in the concrete and bloom there. It's a metaphor for–something, right? Urban beauty? Bloom where you're planted? Grace in the face of adversity?
Whatever. Even I think this is a bit much.
This is a common state of affairs in my neighborhood–this particular scene is just a few doors down from me.
Now, my sidewalk isn't this bad, but I do get plenty of weeds between the cracks. I get out there a few times a year and go after them with the typical organic gardener's tools–boiling water, vinegar, little sharp tools. It worked okay.
And then my neighbor introduced me to this bad boy.
That's right. A caulking gun loaded with concrete and mortar filler. It's quick, it's easy, it's cheap–and more or less permanent. I waited a full year before following my neighbor's example so that I could be sure this stuff would hold through the winter.
And it did. This is very easy to do once you've dug out the weeds. Just load the gun and go. The filler looks bright and lumpy when you first put it down (although my technique got better as I went on), but once it dries a little, you can push it down and level it out.
This shows the before, during, and after stage of my recent sidewalk project. Not bad, eh? Somebody should put this stuff in the weed killer section of the garden center.Amy Stewart on November 10, 2010 at 5:26 am, in the category Real Gardens.