Dandelions and I don’t get along. When we were living in Brampton, they had just implemented a ‘no herbicide’ policy on city parks and properties. I get that. It’s better for the environment, which I do feel very strongly about, and our four legged friends don’t have to walk on the stuff, absorbing the chemicals through their paws and tracking it back to the house. But they sure make it hard to keep a healthy lawn! Worse yet, the homeowner behind us did NOTHING to maintain his yard so his THOUSANDS of weed seeds would inevitably blow through the fence and land on our property 😥 I had no previous experience with weeds. Or lawns and gardens for that matter: my parents always did that part of the yard work growing up–I was just left to water the lawn, and even then I was pretty bad at it! Now I’ve had some practice, I think I’ve found the most effective way to pull out dandelions by the roots, while minimizing the damage to the surrounding plant life. I’ve tried mowing over them, but the lawn mower just pushes them down, only to have them pop right back up a day later. I’ve tried those weed remover tools, but 90% of the time you only pull up the top part, along with the grass around it, plus leaving big holes in the soil (they say they don’t, but they do! 😦 ) and the roots are still left in the ground.
Here’s the Reenie-Approved Dandelion Removal Method (super official :-D) Continue reading