Satan's Dandelions

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  1. Gina B

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    I personally love them, plus they're my favorite color!
    Now for the problem. The neighbors hate them. LOL The grass can live with being cut only once a week, but the dandelions shoot up about 10 feet a day and there's just a million of them! There's one whole side of the front yard where it seems to be nothing BUT dandelions, and it never fails that if I'm gone for a week the neighbors have all filed complaints with the city.
    Any ideas on how to control this apart from mowing the lawn on an almost daily basis?
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    There is only one way to rid the garden of dandelions without employing the use of deadly chemicals. A two-pronged instrument which cuts off the root.

    Dandelions, in some cultures, is harvested as a salad and others, a wine. It is a lovely salad, but I cannot attest it as a beverage.

    Cheers,

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    Can you actually be fined or something for growing dandelions? :eek:

    You know, what you could do is grow a little patch of them . . .
     
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    I think they are horrible too. I would use a systemic weedkiller like SBK on them and zap the lot of 'em.
     
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    I like Kelly's idea...If you like them Gina, put a planter around them and say you are growing them on purpose.

    If you want to get rid of them buy some "Weed and Feed" from the hardware store in the garden section...that way it'll kill the weeds but not the grass. I've got to go get some myself...we have too much clover. (I used to know what the proper name for it was. but, I forgot...probably because it isn't important to me)

    Gina...you have more trouble with your neighbors..... Gosh, if I were you...I would put up a block wall, so they could get a little help minding their own business. [​IMG]
     
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    Sounds like you have nasty neighbors, Gina. I'll bet they turn up their noses at henbit and clover too ...
     
  7. Dan Todd

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    Hire a herbicide service - they are licensed - and so have to have proper training on how to use the chemicals.

    They can use a herbicide that is selective to grasses - which means it kills everything except grass. It is interesting how the stuff works - it is actually a high powered fertilizer - grass has a parallel vein system - so it just grows faster - dandelions and other undesirable weeds do not have a parallel vein system - so they actually grow themselves to death.

    Herbicides that work that way - usually cannot be bought over the counter - so you will need a licensed applicator to do the job.
     
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    There's nothing like a good slab of concrete to get rid of them.
     
  9. Dan Todd

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    How about astroturf - then you wouldn't have to mow anymore!!! [​IMG]
     
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    Only if we can pop some holes in it for some competitive putt-putt.
     
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    It's not just dandelions here. If your grass gets over 12 inches high. The city cuts it and sends you a bill!!!!

    I can't do dandelions. When they turn white and start blowing around my allergies kick in. [​IMG]

    I'm with Jim...each year I take my dandelion tool out and start digging them up.

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    NUKE 'EM! (the dandylions, not the neighbors [​IMG] )
     
  13. Dan Todd

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    For all you folks out there that have a problem with neighbors and/or cities wanting the dread dandelion removed.

    You should all form a society to get the dandelion declared:
    1. A wild flower
    2. An endangered species
    3. A national, state, county, city, or town flowers.

    Once you get some legitimacy for the dandelion - then the Department of Environmental Conservation or the EPA can get involved - and it will be illegal to cut dandelions. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Dan Todd...lol...whose side are you on. the taraxacum officinale (dandelion) should most definitely be zapped. [​IMG] I was really surprised that you have the wretched things over there in the U.S. I am always taking the heads off before they get a chance to form seed. I much prefer to see our countryside adorned with cowslips and primroses etc. For those who are really interested in there er plants there is a website http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/d/dandel08.html [​IMG]
     
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    LOL, I love the idea of getting them declared the town flower or something! LOL!
    When the neighbors complain they do it to the city and the city does cut it and bill you for it, although they've not done it to ours. The grass never gets that high, but even if it gets slightly higher than normal length the dandelions are 5 times higher and since there's so many... I've got too many cute trees and plants growing in that yard not to keep it up. [​IMG]
    I'd prefer NOT to use chemicals, but it sounds like I might have to. There's way too many to pull them all up by the roots. Although putting a fence around that one particular part might work! I also could just dig it up and make it like I wanted to anyway, but I don't have the money this year. Eventually I want to make a black and white checkered flower garden there. :D
    Or yeah, cement! LOL We could just make a little basketball court and not worry about it at all! HMMM.
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  16. Dan Todd

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    Quote from followinghim:
    I'm not really a fan of the taraxacum officinale - that sounds impressive. They grow in my yard - they grow in my garden.

    Mother used to eat the things before the flower would bud and grow - I never have tried them - I don't think I care to try them.

    Dad used to take his weed whip and knock the heads off them before they either bloomed or went to seed. That was his old age treatment of them. When I was a kid - and he was middleaged - an old lady next door used to complain that the taraxacum officinale seeds from my parents lawn were populating her lawn with the unwanted things. At that time - Dad thought the old lady was just a complainer - and he didn't do anything about the pretty things. Seems his concern or lack of concern for them changed.

    Quote from Gina who quoted me:
    I think big brother is getting a little too big for his britches - when they can come into your lawn and cut it - just because a few (or for that matter a lot) of dandelions are growing in it. I wonder what they would do if you had a dandelion garden and cultivated them? :(

    [ May 19, 2003, 01:49 PM: Message edited by: Dan Todd ]
     
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    could you not borrow a goat from someone and see what your neighbours have to say about that?

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Dan Todd

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    I have an Amish friend who has a moveable fence - he moves it every day or so - and he puts the goats inside the fence to trim the grass and the dandelions. They seem to thrive on it.
     
  19. Dan Todd

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    Gina -

    Why Satan's dandelions - didn't God make them??

    There are a couple of questions I intend to ask God -- when I get to heaven -- if I can remember:

    1. Why did you create knats (I hate those things!)?
    2. Why did you create flies (I hate them more than I hate knats)?
    3. Couldn't you have left the thorns off thorn apple trees (learned to hate them when on a survey crew with the NYSDOT)?

    ;) ;)

    OK - I know I said a couple - and then posted three - so I can't count - shoot me!!! [​IMG]
     
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    He also created the neighbors, but that doesn't mean they aren't being controlled by Satan! :eek:
    Gina
     

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