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to rip all the heads off the dandelion flowers in my garden?

(34 Posts)
Badgerwife Tue 23-Apr-13 12:29:11

I think dandelions are a nasty weed and I want to kill every single one of the buggers to stop them turning into seeds and taking over the sorry little patch of grass we call garden.

DH thinks I'm mad, that the yellow flowers are 'pretty' and that as we're renting and it was little more than a mud field when we moved in, I shouldn't care about this. He gets a bit sulky when I rip them but I don't care.

Should I care though?

We are overrun with buttercups in the borders, but they don't get into the lawn too much. Digerd - do you mean celandines? Like buttercups but with pointier petals?

I sometimes use a spot weedkiller on the dandelions when they get too much. We'll never get rid of them entirely as the neighbours have them and there is a field opposite that gets lots. The bee thing is a good point, but we have lots of bee friendly flowers in the garden so I don't feel too bad. It's easier to do them all at once when they are just budding than try and catch them before they set seed, but I will try and leave a few this year.

Badgerwife Wed 24-Apr-13 08:08:23

See, I like the idea of trying the salt thing, but we are not talking 5 feeble plants, we are talking 50 deeply rooted monstrosities

Badgerwife Wed 24-Apr-13 07:59:41

algor good point

Our two guinea-pig boars love them- but only very small leaves.
I've noticed they seem to grow in the nettles though.
Ouch shock

Good job I love those guineas.

chickydoo Tue 23-Apr-13 22:35:11

No Dandelions in my garden, my tortoise has munched the lot grin

treesntrees Tue 23-Apr-13 22:31:34

Not quite warm enough for the bees here although the dandelions are appearing

UniS Tue 23-Apr-13 21:35:45

I pay DS a penny a dandelion flower too. He earns a little top up pocket money and I have an incentive to dig some of them out before it costs me tooooo much.

digerd Tue 23-Apr-13 21:19:17

I've tried the salt and it didn't work. Also their roots are so long, and under my lawn are bits of bricks, glass, stone and rock hard clay. It's impossible to dig them up.

I like their flowers, then try to take them off before they go to the furry seeds. Or use weed killer.
I am overrun with Candula, which I thought were buttercups, until my neighbour derided me with contempt.
They have taken over a whole small bed of different colours/shapes of conifers. Can't get rid of those either.

Pixieonthemoor Tue 23-Apr-13 20:52:46

No need to go into combat and uproot the stinky things; just go out with your pouring table salt and carefully pour about half to one teaspoon onto the centre of each plant in the centre of the rosette of leaves. Leave til after the next rain et voila! No more dandelions! Effective, cheap and not too chemically iykwim.

algor Tue 23-Apr-13 20:50:08

Hope I am not to late OP, please dont rip them up until the flowers are beginning to die back and form seed heads. The flowers are an excellent source of pollen for honey bees.

Boosterseat Tue 23-Apr-13 19:36:45

grin pee the beds.

Is it regional? I'm from Yorkshire.

ratspeaker Tue 23-Apr-13 16:37:00

And we called them pee the beds

ps I didnt mean poor bun should only exist on dandelions, just meant if he would only eat them not the parsley, pansies,etc etc

ratspeaker Tue 23-Apr-13 16:34:22

Do you know anyone with a rabbit? Ours loves dandelions, he gets them as a treat.
Now if only I could train him to eat ONLY the dandelions in the garden...

Badgerwife Tue 23-Apr-13 15:22:31

Jojobump great idea; I will try to do that. DD is 21 months so quite into either making little piles on the path or throwing them around. I'll try to teach her to aim for the grass

Jojobump1986 Tue 23-Apr-13 15:07:56

Could you cut the flowers off but leave them dotted around the lawn? They won't seed, DH gets to look at yellow flowers... Everyone's happy, no? grin

Badgerwife Tue 23-Apr-13 15:03:28

yeah, they are called pissenlit in French, literally piss-in-bed. If I had to pay for each flower picked, I'd be out of pocket, about 15 flowers seem to come out every day

Badgerwife Tue 23-Apr-13 14:55:34

I kill all plants, that's my special skills. Cactuses aren't safe either. I don't know what the opposite of green fingers is, but that's me.

Rowlers, my thinking exactly! I would dig them out, but then the garden would look like it's been through a war, they are absolutely everywhere

Oopla Tue 23-Apr-13 14:22:42

SP- yes.
I actually caught myself telling DD that she'd wee the bed when she was picking them last. Whoops.

I quite like them and especially when they turn into fairies. You can't dig up fairies!

GibberTheMonkey Tue 23-Apr-13 14:21:17

Not really superstition
They're a diuretic

ArrowofApollo Tue 23-Apr-13 14:08:40

Peerie - they were known as wet-your-beds when I was at school, too!!

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 14:07:45

My parents called them 'pissabums' or something that sounds like that.

peeriebear Tue 23-Apr-13 14:05:02

French kids call them pis-en-lit don't they?

SPsYoniTheOneAndOnly
Dont touch them! You will wee the bed

Anyone else ever told that?

Yes, this was a common superstition when I was a kid and I know I'm twice your age grin

cornflakegirl Tue 23-Apr-13 13:42:08

I pay my children a penny for each dandelion flower they pick. Think it cost me about £4 last year. I know it doesn't get rid of the problem, but it does stop it getting worse.

That is the key - to get rid of weeds quickly you need to turn them into desirable food stuff. You can add the leaves to salad too (but it is a diuretic). Once you start eating them they will vanish never to be seen again.

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