April 04, 2006

Yanking Weeds

When its spring and the sun shines, but the temperature is moderate, I wonder why everyone doesn't move to Tennessee and then I remember August. I also like to yank weeds out of the yard. I'm not above using a little Roundup on spots that are difficult and painful to weed completely, like the cracks in the sidewalk in front of our house, but in the yard I prefer to dig the suckers out.

Over the last few years I've waged a successful campaign against dandelions and wild onions. The onions are gone and though the dandelions will always be with us, their numbers are vastly reduced.

The next task in the weed war will be violets, though their numbers frankly make me want to cry and I'm never sure if I'm even pulling enough to keep up with their replacement rate.

In the meantime, I'm enjoying yanking this year's crop of dandelions out and I must admit to a certain sadness on days like today when I could only find one in the entire yard, front or back. If this keeps up, I might have to start weeding the neighbor's yard to assuage my dandelion blood lust.


Violence to violets!

I've heard that if you pick them early enough, you can make a salad out of dandelion greens. I think I'll let somebody else try that out first, though.

Posted by: MarcV at April 4, 2006 10:05 AM

My girls LOVE dandelions.
We have next to none but clover everywhere.

Huge tufts of it are all over the backyard.

Posted by: mary at April 4, 2006 11:51 AM

Wild onions?

Why would you want to get rid of those? Aren't they useful?

Posted by: Dean at April 4, 2006 11:57 AM

Not particularly useful, unless you like having random tufts sticking up all over your yard (they grow faster than grass) and having the scent of onion linger in the air after you mow the lawn. And for full disclosure purposes, I will say that I tried chopping one up like chives and it did not yield the necessary yummy, chivy flavor desired.

Posted by: Jordana at April 4, 2006 12:02 PM

If you continue to feel dandelion withdrawal, consider yourself permanently invited to come over and deal with our lot.

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at April 5, 2006 09:08 AM

I love our violets. They're too pretty to expend major effort trying to extirpate them!!

Posted by: Lenise at April 6, 2006 01:15 PM