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Over the past few yrs, our yard has steadily become the home for more and more dandelions. Is there a way to get rid of them without using toxic chemicals? (And without picking every single one?) I'm afraid our neighbors can't be very happy about it.
 

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My grandparents live in town & have a small yard. My grandpa acutally has some sort of tool that he walks around with and yanks them out of the ground. That wouldn't work for us on 1.5 acres, and we have them everywhere! Subbing to see if anyone has any good ideas.
 

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Why do people always want to get rid of dandelions for grass? dandelions are softer for kids to run around on and prettier. They are also drought tolerant and require NO maintenance where as grass need tons of attention between mowing, fertilizing and aerating, grass is a huge waste of time and money, I'll take dandies any day.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
Plus you can put dandelion leaves in salad if they don't have nasty chemicals on them!
 

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good soil won't grow many weeds<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Work on your soil.Use fertilizer or something. But I personally wish we had more.
 

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My first thought was to love 'em. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> I think dandelions are pretty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I don't particularly care about dandelions, but dh doesn't like 'em - he prefers the little expanse of green. I'd be fine if he just mowed 'em down with the grass before they set to seed, but whatever. He was the one out there pulling them up with his little tool last week, not me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I've heard you can use a diluted vinegar solution - just spray on the weed and it'll eventually die. If you aren't particularly good at aiming you may kill some grass as well, but still. Vinegar's definitely not all that toxic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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If you don't mind picking some, or hiring a neighbor kid to pick them, here's a great solution!<br><br><a href="http://www.texascooking.com/recipes/dandelionwine.htm" target="_blank">Solution!</a><br><br>
It should also help you relax even with a couple dandelions out there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.texascooking.com/recipes/dandelionwine.htm" target="_blank">Solution!</a><br><br>
It should also help you relax even with a couple dandelions out there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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That is funny! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Honestly, I don't mind dandelions, but our yard is virtually covered. It's the only yard like that in our neighborhood and it's spilling over into the neighbor's yards on either side. I'm sure they consider it a nusance and an eyesore, and obviously we want to keep a good relationship with the neighbors. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> When ds is old enough, I will definitely have him pick them before the seeds come out. In the meantime, maybe we can find a tool or something like the pp mentioned that will pull them out of the ground. Thanks for your responses!
 
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