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Old 05-08-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have seen the recent thread here about dandelions, but is there a way not just to kill them, but do it without harming kids or pets?

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I just pull their heads before they go to seed, and work on keeping the grass thick and deep. If the grass is thick enough dandelions really can't compete. Mow as high as you can, always.

If you go around digging roots out of the turf, you're just leaving a cultivated hole for more seeds to sprout. If the area is thin, topdress it with some compost and spread some grass seed.
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I just pull their heads before they go to seed, and work on keeping the grass thick and deep. If the grass is thick enough dandelions really can't compete. Mow as high as you can, always.

If you go around digging roots out of the turf, you're just leaving a cultivated hole for more seeds to sprout. If the area is thin, topdress it with some compost and spread some grass seed.
I agree! A nicely fed lawn mowed tall and maintained is your strongest defense. It is a classic strength in numbers game. Millions of grass plants squeezing out a broadleaf weed here in there? Weeds do not stand a chance long term.

I am not a fan of herbicides and the over use of them causes all kinds of problems. If not to your yard the runoff does makes its way into river systems. Used properly and according to directions I believe they can be safe. You will want to keep pets and kids off treated turf for a period of time though.
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They eat poison ivy, too!
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And the nice thing about a good goat? If you like it you can make beautiful music with it long after its eating days are over.


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I WAS going to say that you can just eat it but that guys got other plans. He looks like he's dappling in bestiality. Old goat playing with poor goat
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I WAS going to say that you can just eat it but that guys got other plans. He looks like he's dappling in bestiality. Old goat playing with poor goat
That is me! And one of the more recent pictures so back off!

When the goats younger brother is not being hired to eat lawn weeds, with us demanding the guest house? We do silver and even gold wedding anniversaries for those who cannot hear so well anymore. Usual stuff for refreshed vow ceremonies. The Canon thing that will kill me if I here it one more time (I searched for it on Spotify and it comes up more than Over the Rainbow, We Have Only Just Begun and Somewhere Out There) and of course wedding marches of all kinds. We do some jazz. And who doesn't love bagpiped polkas?

Rufus taught us what we need to know and I am glad I got to see the hottest jazz and rock piper (at times) twice live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmaic...eature=related

Seriously? Goats are great creatures. Years ago (1980 or so) friends of mine asked if I could care for their goat ranch so they could have a vacation? I had been up before and was taught how to milk the mothers. If you have never had little baby goats attacking you just to learn by chewing gently it is not the same. As even a cat drooling all over you and realizing nothing is going to happen until a giant paw, with claws, comes out and covers you nose.

Someone about that time bred a miniature goat that became a popular pet and was considered an ALLOWABLE domestic animal. They are attentive and seldom hurt or bite. They are rather dumb and single purposed though.

The business of the ranch was beyond belief. Apparently goat milk has nothing in it that cow milk does to trigger genetics. Ranchers would line up twice a day hoping to get goat milk to feed calves abandoned by their mothers that would not feed on anything else.

They were actually quite easy to clean up after too. Those of you with large, swirling, stinky, steamy turds (let's see if the system catches that word) on a daily basis know what I mean. Imagine but giant rabbit pellets. Quite easily raked.

I think Chris is right again and the OP should get a goat. And learn to love bagpipe music. Because I don't think I ever will.

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Thats not what the guest house is for !


Personally, I would love to hear jazz on the bagpipe

and seriously baby goats are very cute. Just don't bend down in front of them. Even the little guys can pack a good whallop
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There are not alot of artists who don't suck the cool out of bagpipes. Rufus is great
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Unfortunately, I don't have a farm, so I doubt this will work for me.

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