I have friends and relatives who have stood there motioning towards what used to be a beautiful garden, now overtaken by quack grass and thistles, saying, "I've tried and tried but just can't keep the weeds out." Or "Look, it's as if I never even weeded in there. Heck, I've said those things myself. It wasn't until I took the bull by the horns that I really made any headway.
Success relies on perseverance, but what does it take to persevere in the garden? Dale Carnegie said it best, "Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success." Yes, so you might as well till it under and cover it with sod (gasp!) if your heart isn't in it. You've got to love it, have a passion for gardening, and learn what you need to know to be successful.
There are many solutions for keeping the grass out at the borders such as plastic, poured concrete, brick, or stone but I prefer the trenching method. If you're unfamiliar with this method it is basically just as it sounds. I dig an eight inch wide trench around my gardens, which hinders grass from crossing into the garden. Once or twice a year you are to clear out any debris but I have been filling my trenches with coarse wood chips which look nice and allows the lawn mower to get close without slipping into the trench. every spring I clean that out and start fresh. This method eliminates the need for trimming and allows for easy expansion of the garden which the other methods do not.
I love to garden, but I love to enjoy my gardens even more. In order to do this I have found "tricks" and methods that work for me. I may use battle metaphors but always with peace and balance as the end goal. Stick with me and I'll give you some tips I use and also tell you some stories of garden disasters that may be even more helpful than my successes.