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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 11:29 am 
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I have a million dandelions in my yard, how can I get rid of them without hurting my back or my fruit tress.


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Just keep them mowed. You can spot spray with the vinegar solution, but in a nice stand of grass, I hardly notice them until their little yellow flower emerges. If the flower offends me (which it doesn't) then it is time to mow again.

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1. Water deeply and infrequently. Deeply means at least an hour in every zone, all at once. Infrequently means monthly during the cool months and no more than weekly during the hottest part of summer. If your grass looks dry before the month/week is up, water longer next time. Deep watering grows deep, drought resistant roots. Infrequent watering allows the top layer of soil to dry completely which kills off many shallow rooted weeds.

2. Mow at the highest setting on your mower. Most grasses are the most dense when mowed tall. Bermuda, centipede, and bent grasses are the most dense when mowed at the lowest setting on your mower. Dense grass shades out weeds and uses less water when tall. Dense grass feeds the deep roots you're developing in 1 above.

3. Fertilize regularly. I fertilize 4 times per year using organic fertilizer. Which fertilizer you use is much less important than numbers 1 and 2 above.

If you still have dandelions, or you want to get rid of them first, go to any box store and get a Weed Hound.

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