Yep, this Johnson grass is embarrassing!
We’ve got to get rid of this stuff or it will take over. OK, it’s already taking over. It’s too much work for Manuel and Olga alone. It’s even too much work for the two guys who work a couple of days from the city. It’s even too much for the two people Proteus has generously hired temporarily to help out with WBG. Thank you, Proteus.
Now you know that it takes 220+ hours a week plus 80 hours of paid horticulturist’s time to keep the gardens in tip top shape you understand the situation.
It’s too much work for Manuel and Olga alone. It’s even too much work for the two guys who work a couple of days from the city. It’s even too much for the two people Proteus has generously hired temporarily to help out with WBG. Thank you, Proteus.
Johnson Grass Facts
Johnson grass, one of the ten worst weeds in the world, plagues every continent except Antarctica. Named after Alabama Colonel William Johnson, ranchers in the 1850s, not realizing the harm it would cause, planted Johnson grass in California as a feed for cattle. Unfortunately, this knife-like foliage causes bloating which can kill cattle if eaten in sufficient quantities.
Because it produces rhizomes and seeds, it has to be dug out and removed from the area.
So don’t eat the grass, just dig it out.
Come dressed to kill. (Johnson grass, that is.)
Long pants, long-sleeved shirt, gloves, if you have some, and a hat should do it. Smear a little dirt on your face, if you like. You’ll sweat it off unless you wear a handkerchief wrapped around your head. Trust me, that helps! Better wear old shoes, too.
Bring Your Own Shovel
Whaaa? WBC has a few shovels, but not enough for the 55 people we need each week! One fact you might not know about shovels.
The store sells them to you dull!
Yes, and we will sharpen them for you. Every professional horticulturist sharpens his or her shovel before digging out weeds.
Another helpful garden tool is the hula hoe. (Ordering from this Amazon link will donate to the WBG.)
Click either the picture or link to order. With this hoe, you scratch just below the surface of the soil to eradicate little weeds that will grow into huge ones within two weeks.
Are You Ready to Have Fun?
Mike Pace creates fun. He has some lively contests planned for kids and adults alike. So bring your friends, your competitive spirits, your worst rivals, and come make a killing!
What If You Get Hungry?
Woodlake Pride is up for providing some snacks. Who knows, I might even bake you some of my famous chocolate chip cookies. For sure, there will be lots of water and ice.
So mark September 30 and October 7 on your calendar. Tell your friends, and show up ready to work hard and have a great time doing it.
Community Service Hours
Kids in high school will earn 4 hours of community service. Bring your paperwork.