Why the ducks are we so tough on dandelions? I mean, yes, they’re hardy and prolific but, ya know, is it really something to get so worked up about? When we’ve got the problems we’ve got–and that’s just this morning!–what’s the big deal about a cheerful little plant? All right. So you don’t want them to take over the whole lawn. That’s fine. That’s reasonable. But you don’t have to annihilate the backyard biosphere to tackle some pesky so-called weeds. Here’s my three-step program for dandelion domination:
1) Don’t let them get out of control. (This is more difficult if your neighbors are not on the program. More difficult but not impossible.)
2) Use a Grandpa’s Weeder (or similar tool) as soon as you notice a yellow flower. In high season, you might want to take a walk every couple of days and hunt them out. It’s easy and fun. And you get away from the computer a teensy bit.
3) Repeat as needed until first frost. (Southern states may need to keep going.)
Oh, and if you have a little kid in your household, you *need* to get to the flowers before they go to seed. Even big kids might have trouble resisting those fluffy heads!*
*Yes, I mean me… 😉
Anita Sanchez, a fellow blogger, writes passionately about nature, including dandelions!
Copyright 2014, Lori Fontanes
Or keep a cute little pig on hand… I tend to take care of these things in my magical back yard. Okay, maybe it’s not only me. My unicorn, Bigfoot and Journalist Rocky the Squirrel help. 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
I wanna unicorn in my backyard, too!!!!! 🙂
You need one! He poops the rainbow my friend – XOXO – Bacon
Rainbows, chocolate, I’ll take whatever! 🙂
Dandelions are delicious mon amie.
Based on your recommendation…I just bought some! 🙂
what did you think?
I have always liked dandelions with their happy yellow color. Apparently they can be eaten or made into wine. I have never tried either. As for the South, I don’t find them to be too bad and what we call dandelions here are somewhat different from the ones up North. I have recently planted Emilia javanica, which is supposedly related to the dandelion. It could be good, or go down a very bad path like their cousins. Time will tell!
Good luck with the cousin!!! 🙂
Awesome post! 🙂
Thanks! Back atcha!
I’m glad to have stumbled into this post, I have never seen this tool before.. Thanks for the info:)
However you get here, that’s fine! Hope you’re enjoying the fine summer weather!!!
I love dandelions, even if they are weeds!
Up with dandelions!!! 🙂
Drats! They’re taking over my lawn. One doesn’t need to grow all the dandelions in one’s lawn. They are more beautiful if they are few…. With apologies to Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Yes, less *can* be more, ’tis true! Good luck!!!