I take every opportunity to brag about my grand-daughters. They are precious and I spend as much time with them as possible. On Saturdays we do yard games and I make outrageous contraptions that shoot footballs in the air, launch water balloons, portable roller cooasters and I even get them to do work around the house. The one thing that I never have to beg them to do is to "Zing". Zinging is what the girls calling removing weeds from the lawn using the Weed Zinger. It is
The root, the whole the root and nothing but the root...that is the question. Removing dandelions is easy, but making it so they can't grow back is a futile endeavor without the use of harsh chemicals. One anology that comes to mind is shoveling seaweed against the tide. I spend a lot of time, energy and money trying to keep my yard clear of these pesky plants. I realize that they are edible and that they make darn good tea and are good in a salad. A dandelion is to me as
For years I have done everything in my power and budget to keep dandelions in-check. Their bright yellow heads contrasting against my beautiful green lawn makes me see red. I have an arsenal of weeding tools, an olympic pool of herbicides and an abundance of free time to spend eradicating the pesky buggers but it is still not enough. Recently, I read an article that may very well change my outlook on dandelions and how I dispose of them. Apparently, you can eat these suckers
As we age, we look for reasons to live, love and laugh. At the "very" tender age of 62 I look for hobbies and distractions that won't leave me bruised, battered and broken...such as riding a two wheeled bike on a narrow bike path. To minimize the hazards of riding I lowered my sights and my seat to ground level by investing in a 3 wheeled recumbent trike. I still flipped the blasted thing! Not a scratch on me...until I knocked my head on the lift-gate of my car loading my bi
Nine Tips for Chemical-Free Home Weed Control By Travis W. Gannon, Ph.D., and Fred H. Yelverton, Ph.D., members of the Weed Science Society of America If you’re taking a chemical-free approach to home weed control, you’ve most likely discovered it can be a real challenge. Without herbicides in your arsenal, it can be tough to keep the invaders out of your lawn and natural areas, flower beds and vegetable gardens, walks and driveways. To succeed, you need time, persistence and
The best time to remove weeds especially dandelions, is a full day or two after a rain when the ground just starts to firm-up again. If the soil is too hard your weeding tool is going to difficulty penetrating the soil. If the ground is too soft the bottom plate will have nothing to push against to drive the shaft upward to engage the trigger mechaniism. The goal is to have just enough resistance, when stepping on the pedestal, to permit the center shaft to travel 3-4 clic
There is nothing more frustrating than to spray your lawn with a herbicide or to physically extract a weed only to have 2 more take it's place. I liken it to the cartoon shows when I was a kid where an alarm clock would not stop ringing and each time it was struck with a large hammer it became a smaller version of itself and still kept ringing. Pulling weeds is very much like that to me. I would venture to say that there are very few people that weed their yard as much as I
If your yard looks like a giant salad bowl filled with dandelion greens than there is no single weeding tool that is going to help you take back your lawn. To remove the problem you must remove the cause and in this case it is the soil. I have owned several homes and had to start a new lawn four times. Inheriting a lawn full of weeds is equally frustrating but it is a winnable war. The lawn in the picture below is not my lawn but my lawn did look a lot like it 3 years ago.