How to care for a lawn if the neighborhood you’re in really forbids dandelions.

With Spring just around the corner you’ll want to have this information if you live in a HOA controlled neighborhood. So nice to know there are alternatives to Monsanto!

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It is in everyone’s interest to argue for the tolerance of lawn eco-diversity with Condo Boards, Home Owner Associations, Cities, and Villages, but if need be, here are some tips for preserving that green swath:

  • Mow at 3″.  This allows grass to remain strong and shade out some weeds.  And water infrequently, but deeply, to promote root growth; early in the morning is best.
  • Do a soil test.  If there are problems with pH or other imbalances, those can be corrected organically.
  • Clover is not a weed and should not be treated as such.  Have you heard of the phrase “in clover”?  Because it fixes nitrogen in the soil and supports grass growth, clover was originally considered the ideal lawn.  Only when it was found that the chemicals used (2,4-D) to kill dandelions killed clover did the marketers begin branding it as a weed. 
  • For dandelions, I recommend tolerance, hand-weeding…

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