This is what our house looked like when we were buying it last summer. Yes, it was a suburban jungle. The shrubs were out of control! Here's what it looks like now:
My mother-in-law put me to work digging out a border along the front and edging it with stones. I love it! However, if you look closely you'll notice that everything green in the yard is a weed and the golden parts are the grass. I've been battling the weeds. My brother spread corn gluten meal in the fall, and then I applied some poorly-timed weed and feed (just before the rain, not after). I've battled a couple times with weed killer in the sprayer, which has actually had a noticeable effect- to me, anyway. Next is another round of weed and feed. I'm sorry for contributing to the pollutants in the water supply. I would like to be more environmentally responsible... any suggestions for organic weed control???