After mowing I ran some errands and when I returned I decided to pull some weeds. The peonies and roses and irises were being chocked out by the massive weed-growth. I cleared most of the weeds from the walk to the north along the front of the house but I ran out of steam just after the peonies and roses. I guess the irises will have to wait. In terms of scale, I pulled enough weeds just in the roughly 18 square feet between the walk and the roses to fill a large trash bag. It made a huge difference! Getting rid of he weeds on other spots is going to help tremendously–once I find a combination of time and energy.