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  •  What's wrong with dandelions? I have some (6+ / 0-)

    turf and it has violets and dandelions in it. It is pretty in the spring when they are in flower.

    Great diary!

    •  Many people will think I'm nuts, (3+ / 0-)

      and I am!  However, I like dandelions.  A few years ago while driving through British Columbia we came upon large areas filled with them.  The grew taller than the ones that grow locally here in NCAL.  Some of the "flowers" where bigger than the palm of my hand.  I think I would love the violets and dandelions in your turf.

      Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn't.... (then it's on to Plan B or more duct tape).

      by Aunt Pat on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:46:15 PM PST

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      •  Some of those huge dandelions (4+ / 0-)

        might be impostors. There is a plant around here called goats beard or oyster plant that produces dandelion-like flowers 2-3 inches across and grows in taller grassy areas and roadside ditch lines. The plants can be up to 3 ft tall, but are usually 18" tall or so.

        What is interesting is that the flowers close up by early afternoon, and the seed heads look like monstrous dandelion seed puffballs, and can be up to 4" across.

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

        by NoMoreLies on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:01:12 PM PST

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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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        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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