You’ll remember my recent post about how I used the old shelter tarp to kill the grass and scrub that is growing in the gravel around the fire pit by the cabin. I had left the tarp in place for more than a month before removing it, and I’d say nearly all of the growth beneath it was dead. (I tried to take a picture of it, but the sunlight and shadow was so mottled that the point of the image did not come across.) There were a few pale green shoots of grass still lingering, but after I raked away all of the dead stuff, I was able to pull those up easily. On my next trip I’ll probably dress the area with a little fresh gravel and call it good.
In the meantime, the tarp has been moved to another area rank with grassy growth. What you see above is the place where I generally park my truck. The grass was coming up luxuriously there, so it was target number two. I first used the grass whip to cut it down closer to the ground, then Libby and I spread the tarp and laid the scrap lumber over it to keep it in place.
I don’t mind leaving it there for a month again. That seemed to be an effective amount of time. I’ll just need to park my truck elsewhere on the next few visits. And then it will be time to move the tarp to a new area. I love that the old tarp is still finding uses around the cabin.