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Death to all dandelions ...

June 2nd, 2007, 10:13 AM
I'm trying to get rid off my dandelion farm with limited success. I've been pulling as many as I can get, however, I have a neighbour a few houses down who is growing them on a commercial scale.

I'm looking for a way to kill them that is chemical free (we have a ban on pesticides and herbicides in Halifax ... plus I don't want the pups to get into anything I spray). I was searching the net the other night and found a few sites that recommended using vinegar to kill them. I did a test run on a few and all I ended up with was dandelions in vinaigrette sauce.

Has anyone used vinegar to kill them? Any success? If so, did you dilute it, put it on full strength, how much per plant, etc?

June 2nd, 2007, 10:24 AM
I have no idea, I think dandelions are the only flowers that i can grow. :rolleyes:

I do know that you have to pull them from the root. Is that it? maybe you have to pull them from the root then put the vinegar where the root was. :shrug: I don't know, I'm just guessing. Probably doesn't help that your neighbor is growing them, the little puffy things just blow out onto your lawn.

June 2nd, 2007, 10:29 AM
I heard if your neighbors has them it's a lost cause, as soon as the wind will blow, it's all going to end up in your yard. At my first house I had someone come in 2-3 times a year to treat the lawn , so did my neighbors. But here in boonie land, forget about it !

oh and me too, it's the only thing I can grow myself :laughing:

June 2nd, 2007, 10:31 AM
oh i love dandelions keep them they're pretty!!

June 2nd, 2007, 10:36 AM
I personally am getting ready to transplant some into the house... Only flower like things I can grow thats for sure.... I managed to kill a cactus once:eek:

Good for Halifax for banning pesticides and herbicides. I despise when people spray chemicals all over for the sake of a green lawn:frustrated:
Actually, when i am reading meters where someone has sprayed recently I Have a horrible time breathing and end up with major chest pains:eek: its scary.
usually starts happening when im a few houses down wind from the sprayed lawn.

Halifax seems to have priorities in order.... so people have dandilions... have dandilions ever killed anyone/thing??? I doubt it.
But the chemical sprays are so unatural and can harm.:thumbs up Halifax

Now as for the origional question...
I Have no suggestions.
I just have learnt to accept the dandilions and mow them down when they turn white.:shrug:

*Has anyone else spent any time contemplating how it is the dandilions seem to 'lay down' when they know a lawnmower is coming???*:rolleyes:

June 2nd, 2007, 11:57 AM
*Has anyone else spent any time contemplating how it is the dandilions seem to 'lay down' when they know a lawnmower is coming???*:rolleyes:

:laughing: I was just thinking the same thing last week ! But they get right back up once you're done :frustrated:

June 7th, 2007, 06:19 PM
Dandelions are almost impossible to eradicate, especially if you have a neighbour with them. If you can stand to let them go to seed they will go away, if you keep cutting them off (mowing) they try to flower again and go to seed, that is their aim in life. They have a very long root,if you pull them out and leave part of the root in, up they come again. Tenacious things eh?

June 8th, 2007, 01:50 PM
You have to pull them out by the roots r it's no good to to pull them. I have some as well - and we pull them out (with some equipment) and hope for the best! They are probably the hardest "weed" to get rid of - unless you like Dandelion wine, which I do NOT, lol I would never use chemicals though!!

June 8th, 2007, 02:26 PM
I went to work this week pulling them with some sucess. Unfortunately the rocky ground conditions in my neighbourhood along with the minimal topsoil used on the original lawn allows the roots to get in and around the rocky back making it difficult to get them root and all. I have been getting some twisted amusement by locating ones that have gone to seed and burning them with a BBQ lighter.

June 8th, 2007, 02:52 PM
lol. good luck with that lost cause dogastrophe! personally i love the dandylions. but then im not a gardener and dont have a garden of my own. i love to blow them (and here i know you will swear at me with the rest of the ddlion haters out there). its just magical. i tell the kids they are fairy parachutes and they love it too. :o :rolleyes: :D

June 8th, 2007, 03:35 PM
LOL........this year i used fertilizer for them and watched them grow as big as they could. Me and my neighbour had a feud last year. My lawn mower was being repaired and he is very very "snooty" and thinks he runs the neighbourhood. Anyways to make the story short, the police were called and he was told to stay on his side of the street. So this year .......just for spite iI let' em grow.

June 15th, 2007, 06:34 PM
I Hate dandylions with a vengance!!! they are impossible to get rid of at least for me.

I also don't like to use poisons, we are on a well and what with dogs ect and in general just not a good idea IMO
I tried the vinegar didn't seem to do a thing and I had one of theose weed pullers just a small hand one and that was back breaking work.

I broke down this year and went to Home hardwear and picked up a large scale weed puller and works good on dandylions but I still have tons of clover and moss now in the yard. Oh well at least it's green!:rolleyes:

June 15th, 2007, 07:20 PM
As long as they're pesticide free, they're edible. :thumbs up I have a neighbor who sautes the leaves lightly in canola oil with diced onion and bacon bits. It's actually good for you (lots of vitamin C), tastes great, and controls weeds, all at the same time! :laughing: Just remember to clean them good or you'll be rinsing sand out of your mouth all summer!

June 15th, 2007, 09:15 PM
I had heard of dandelion wine and I have seen people in other countries eat dandelion look alikes but know no one here who does - they are welcome to them, ;)

I am still using my own weed puller - well , my bf more than me to be honest, lol - but as soon as one goes, another appears. They are inciduous!!! I once read that if we had a nuclear war, cockroaches would still be here (We need to study these creatures more- they obviously have a superb immune system!!!!) and I am convinced they would have dandelions to eat, lol

June 16th, 2007, 09:26 AM
Last year I bought a Weed Hound and have perfected my technique. It is also addicting in a weird sort of way. But way fewer dandelions - okay still get a lot as wind blows from neighbours, but they are down somewhat significantly. I also did a magnificent job with a medium sized milk thistle. I am afraid to use any sort of weed killer no matter how "green" because my dog loves to eat anything on the lawn, including the lawn.

June 16th, 2007, 04:02 PM
Here in Oakville we have a pesticide ban,which is fine with me,pesticide don't only kills weeds,but birds and other creatures as well.
I bought some ECO-stuff that takes care of the Dandelions and creeping Charlie,but it was expensive.
Usually hubby goes around pulling them out,but we are surrounded by Dandelion-fields:yell: