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I fake a fondness for dandelions.
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I don't know how a mono-culture became the ideal, but it's unfortunate.
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Some might also look in the ocean and seaweeds.
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When I look at my front yard, I see a beautiful spring meadow, not 8 inch tall grass and clover as far as the eye can see.
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Don't know the book, but we do eat out of our yard:

Dandelions (young greens)
Tiger Lilies
Sorrel (we go easy on it)
Lamb's Quarters
Nettle (Stinging; boiled for a bit)
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Are you just posting that to be funny, or is it a sincere endorsement of the product...

...cause those f'ing weeds are pissing me off.

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jonnylawless wrote:
I fake a fondness for dandelions.


I have a real fondness for dandelions. I think the green and gold of a lawn full of them is quite beautiful.

My neighbours fake a fondness for me...
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When I bought my house almost 7 years ago, the lawn was PERFECT. The guy was a retiree and watered his lawn every day, trimmed with a scissors (rumor has it).

I know about a year and a half later, I seen him drive by in the alley. I think he was crying cuz that lawn isn't perfect anymore.

I decided to "toughen it up" by not watering every day. It promptly died for the summer.

I did weed and feed last year to keep the weeds at a minimum.
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I'm with your frumpish! Down with mono-culture! It destroys the soil and diversity of the native flora and fauna.

We mow the front just so the neighbors don't hate us. We do not use poison or anything else. Hell, when it's mowed, it all just looks like a green lawn.

In the back, we have left the native grasses (the previous owner backfilled the pool). We spread native flower seed every spring and do not do anything to it (except for a little space we have a garden in).

My backyard is an awesome example of North Texas bio-diversity. We have frogs, black ants (we have never had a problem with the fire ants that are so common here; they destroy the native ant colonies), fence lizards, geckos, spiny lizards, and an amazing assortment of bugs and butterflies. In fact, the fence lizard is becoming pretty rare here, but we see them sunning on our window sills in the summer.

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Also, my wife and I are firm believers in the miracle of lawn rebirth in the spring. Come by during the fall and it will be dead as a door nail.
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frumpish wrote:
I don't know how a mono-culture became the ideal, but it's unfortunate.

I think it had something to do with the post-war industrial boom of the 50s and explosion of creativity in the chemical sector around the same time. Remember, all those advances were supposed to make life "better" for the busy modern family.
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Are you just posting that to be funny, or is it a sincere endorsement of the product...

...cause those f'ing weeds are pissing me off.

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For what it's worth, yes, this is what I used on my lawn this year. It seems to be working pretty well.
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This is all the known interactions between a dandelion and it's seeds.
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blindspot wrote:
frumpish wrote:
I don't know how a mono-culture became the ideal, but it's unfortunate.

I think it had something to do with the post-war industrial boom of the 50s and explosion of creativity in the chemical sector around the same time. Remember, all those advances were supposed to make life "better" for the busy modern family.

It also is a sign of prestige. You are showing that you've got all this land, and you're so wealthy that you don't need to grow anything but wasteful grass on it. This was important in the post-war era and has carried with us until today.
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Having a nice lawn makes me unusually happy. I edged last evening and I was oddly satisfied afterwards.
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Where I life there is an organisation of nature conservation trying to convince our folks to grow a meadow instead of a lawn. They even provide the seeds and their advice and knowledge. I don't see it happen very often, but one thing they managed was that weedkillers are banned in our town, well at least they don't get used by our municipality(?); what you do privately is another thing. We also have tree preservation bye-laws, though I have to say it isn't working that good. But if you cut down a big tree without permission you'll probably get fined.
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I actually put in a 'green' lawn this year. (Yes, I paid for weeds.)
It is a combination of grass and micro clover. The clover resists other weeds, and also fixes nitrogen in the soil, so you do not need to fertilize, or spray for weeds. It also helps lock water in the soil, so you need to water much less often. And the biggest plus to me, it doesn't grow as high, so you can mow less often.

http://www.earthturf.com/
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squash wrote:
jonnylawless wrote:
I fake a fondness for dandelions.


I have a real fondness for dandelions. I think the green and gold of a lawn full of them is quite beautiful.

My neighbours fake a fondness for me...


Green Bay Packer colors - can't go wrong
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sloan66 wrote:
I actually put in a 'green' lawn this year. (Yes, I paid for weeds.)
It is a combination of grass and micro clover. The clover resists other weeds, and also fixes nitrogen in the soil, so you do not need to fertilize, or spray for weeds. It also helps lock water in the soil, so you need to water much less often. And the biggest plus to me, it doesn't grow as high, so you can mow less often.

http://www.earthturf.com/

Interesting. I may look into this.

EDIT: Yow, it's expensive.
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