So, dh told me today that he wants to spray for dandelions. He really has issues with dandelions in lawns -- he's fine with white clover, but hates dandelions. We had this conversation last year, and the year before, and the year before .....
Last year, my solution was that dd1 and I would pick and pull dandelions, which we were mostly on top of (dh's recollection of this is different than mine). The problem is that the neighbor and the walking path past our house are COVERED with dandelions (like, golden - no green). No matter how well we keep up on the dandelions sprouting in our yard, the neighbor's dandelions are going to spread into our yard anyway. I think this is part of the reason that dh wants to just spray and move on. Of course, he'd have to spray repeatedly .... new seedlings would pop up as the neighbor's seeds landed in our yard.....
In all honesty, I don't WANT to have to go pull dandelions all the time. I already also pull bindweed once it starts growing in the patches of lawn that it grows in. I know that the 'best' defense against the bindweed and dandelions is simply to grow a very thick healthy lawn which doesn't allow the weed-seeds to establish themselves. We work on that, too, but--!
For those who've battled dandelions -- is the spray safe? He wants to use this spray which makes them grow so fast that they don't flower?? Maybe I'm just overreacting here by not wanting the spray used? FIL (a biologist) says that there's nothing harmful in the spray and that it's wonderful.
Even if we don't use spray on our lawn and someone suggests a great tool or safe method of reducing them on our own lawn -- I'm really tempted to sneak out late at night and spray the stuff on the neighbor's lawn and along our city walking path near our house. Until those dandelions are gone, this is going to be an annual spring/summer battle for dh and me.
Has anyone used corn gluten? I've heard it's a good solution?
Thanks in advance for any advice.