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  •  Nothing is wrong with dandelions (6+ / 0-)

    except the neighbors might complain about weedy lawns. The myth is that prairie or woodland plantings provide habitat for dandelions. On the contrary, the taller, deeper rooted native species choke out dandelions, which depend on close mowed (or grazed) turf. A thick lawn mowed at a height of 3 1/2 to 4 inches also tends to smother out a lot of dandelions.

    You have a "freedom lawn" which is more diverse than traditional turf, and more sustainable, especially if you don't use a gas-powered mower to mow it. Of course in a manicured neighborhood, you might need to give your neighbors some education.

    Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

    by NoMoreLies on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:48:14 PM PST

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    •  My mother-in-law visited us one spring (4+ / 0-)
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      texasmom, NoMoreLies, cantelow, llywrch

      many years ago and decided to help with lawn care by squirting all the dandelions with Round-up (I keep a bottle for poison ivy). We didn't find out what she had done until a couple of weeks afterwards when our lawn was covered with tiny crop circles.

      This led to some domestic strife when I voiced my opinion rather freely.

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