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Dandelions Anyone?

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It is peak dandelion season and we appear to have a bumper crop. It is also itchy rash season again from nettles and poison ivy. Every day the look of our landscape changes as plants and trees sprout leaves. Some of our varieties of grasses double in size every day. I have been using the power trimmer to clean up the edges of the hay shed and barn as well as areas of grass that were too wet to mow with the lawn tractor.

I am thrilled with how the transplanted maple tree is thriving at the center of the labyrinth.

With some precision trimming last year I have successfully encouraged a favored branch to become the leader and it is growing perfectly.

One day later, the dandelions appeared to be swallowing the labyrinth with their multiplying number beginning to cover some of the rocks defining the pathway. Yesterday afternoon I slowly walked the entire labyrinth with the power trimmer to restore order.

I think we are going to need bigger rocks.

The diameter of the labyrinth is so large there are several different micro-climates. The back half that is shaded in the afternoon is dramatically different from the front that receives sun all day long. Actually, the main change is in how much grass there is. The weeds are pretty consistent throughout.

There is a sumac tree that appears to really want company because new sprouts were turning up very frequently for about 5 rows of the back quadrant near the mother tree.

Maybe the sumac tree can make friends with all the dandelions instead.

There are more than enough available.



Written by johnwhays

May 19, 2022 at 6:00 am

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  1. Hooray, that tree is looking great! Also, what a great field of dandelions you have! 🙂 Good for bees! I’ve heard some friends are making their own food with dandelions (in salads, beverages, baked goods, and someone said they were making dandelion flower fritters… who knew?!) I’m not sure I’m brave enough to bake with them (yet).


    May 21, 2022 at 7:17 am

    • I could harvest our crop and sell it on the open market! I do recall how much our guinea pigs thrived on dandelion greens.


      May 21, 2022 at 10:15 am

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