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20 July 2011 @ 06:09 pm
War against dandelions  
 Our yard is that yard in the neighborhood where I'm sure all the neighbors hate us. We don't have the extra money to hire a yard service, as over half of them do, and we both hate yard work, so we aren't exactly out in our lawn every night doing lawn care and maintenance. We are also surrounded on three sides by 40 foot tall fir trees and dense underbrush. Our lawn is seven years old, and it's absolutely riddled with dandelions. Each year, they get worse. Each year, my husband gets irritated with them, and tries to spray them with whatever weed killer the lawn and garden center recommends. This gets limited, if any results. (Plus, it's bad for the environment. I am trying to be as green conscious as I reasonably can.)

 This year, I have taken a more active role in our yard. Well, it actually started last year. I planted bunches of new flowers, started my garden boxes, etc. But this year, we bought a new lawn mower. A reel mower, the kind you push around your yard and it mows without a motor. It's better for your grass, and ultimately the thing I hate most about mowing the lawn is lugging around that enormous, heavy bag full of cut grass and having to empty it four times. The reel mower kind cuts all these neat little one inch grass cuttings, and sprays them in front of you as you mow, which turns into a natural fertilizer. Seriously, I don't even notice the cut grass when I'm done, it's nothing like the great swathes of dead grass a gas powered mower can leave in its wake. 

I actually really love my new mower. The drawback? It doesn't cut dandelions for anything. I figured this was a great opportunity for me to battle the damn things the old fashioned way. Each time I mow, I grab a 5 gallon bucket, my gloves, my hoe-dag, and I hand weed a bucket full of the things. The hoe-dag is an awesome weeding tool. I use it to loosen the dandelion's evil grip on the soil, then pull them out by the roots. This has actually been working wonders. My front lawn is almost free and clear, and a bucket at a time means I'm not killing myself to get rid of them. But then you turn the corner to the side yard, and it must be three hundred dandelions. I am not kidding. At least three hundred. *sigh* I am not looking forward to starting the battle over there. I'll be filling my bucket and it will look like I've accomplished nothing! At least with the front yard, I could see a difference each time I did this. 

I really, really hate dandelions.
Miss Crankypants: Vampire Diaries Tyler/Caroline Transformaka_paloma on July 21st, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Too bad you didn't get them when they were still unflowered. Dandelion greens are so very tasty. :D
kistha on July 21st, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Not after all the pesticides....
Miss Crankypants: The Mummy Evelyn Carnahan Oh Dearaka_paloma on July 22nd, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)