Han I keep my neighbors weeds from spreading to my lawn?

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How can I keep beautiful front lawn when both my neighbors only grow dandelions? They do not water or mow.

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  • Yarnmiss Yarnmiss on Sep 02, 2018

    try a short fence (decorative of course) or lattice work is a nice fence and relatively cheap. issue is putting in the post holes. this might stop the bulk of the dandelion seeds from travelling.

    • Campbell Joann Shirley Campbell Joann Shirley on Sep 02, 2018

      Tried that already but all the seeds and the puffy bolls blow right in my yard so we removed the lattice about 5 years ago

      But it was a good idea at the time

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Sep 02, 2018

    Don't stop believing. I know it is a lot of work, but never give up. Naturalists don't remove food from their yards. They also don't pollute rivers and streams with pesticides, so if you want a nice yard, keep up the good work!

  • Not much you can do about it. I have a similar situation, one on my neighbors waters and mows but their "lawn" is nothing but a spectacular variety of every weed species native to the area. Consequently wind, wildlife and people spread the weeds onto my lawn. I am taking part of the lawn out and going to Xeriscape it instead. Tired of trying to battle the weeds as I do not use chemicals. You can continue to treat for weeds, I know someone that uses a weed and feed type product "lightly" every 2 weeks and has a lush lawn. Possibly grow a shrub barrier on each side to help keep the transfer to a minimum.

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    • Oh dear. I feel your pain. Just do the best you can! 🌿 so sad the people don't care. Me, personally, I would be embarrassed to have the yard look untidy.

  • Chrisflowers47 Chrisflowers47 on Sep 02, 2018

    Check with your local city board. Ordinances are usually in place for this problem.

  • Ann Ann on Sep 02, 2018

    neighbors like that have no regard for others-if you put in a fence, be sure to know property lines-might have more problems than dandelion seeds

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Sep 02, 2018

    You’ll just have to extend your Weed N Feed and mowing efforts their way.

    If the weeds are higher than 2’, then you can turn them into the City for health or safety codes violations.

    Did you you try talking to them about mowing?

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    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Sep 02, 2018

      When the weeds get too tall they become a “public health hazard” because critters take up residence there, including rats, snakes, rabbits and of course ticks and chiggers.

      The City Ordinances can be found on-line. They might be in the Municipal Code or the Zoning Ordinances, depending on their webmaster.

      Yes, don’t give up trying in various ways. Personally, I believe in not spending huge amounts of money on grass that I can’t eat, but I do take care of my yard.

      This time of year, lawnmowers & weed eaters are on clearance. Other people are looking for work and will mow-and-go for cheap. Nextdoor is a good app for that.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Sep 02, 2018

    I'm so sorry to hear that. A couple options might be to talk to your neighbors and see if you can learn why they don't take care of theirs. You could offer to help spray theirs (I know this isn't the greatest solution but it builds friendships and maybe they'll be able to help you with something you need down the road). Do you have homeowners in your neighborhood, that is another approach you could take as well.

  • Ann Ann on Sep 02, 2018

    this is not to be funny-salad from the dandelion greens?? actually, the dandelions are probably the 'lesser of problems' from that neighbor, and from all the answers, many of us have neighbors that 'do not care'-we can all be in the same boat

  • Kc Kc on Sep 02, 2018

    I liked where Cheryl was heading.

    It will cost you more in fertilizer, but how about just "accidentally" spraying the neighbor's yards with weed-and-feed, as far over the property line as You think you can get away with. Since there is no fence, just mow a little farther over as well. The greater the distance those weed seeds have to travel, the less likely they'll make it to your yard. (Plus it will look like you have a great big yard.)

    I suppose they may catch on to your nefarious plan and complain that you are improving part of their lawn without their consent. In that case you would be obligated to stop. But who knows, you could get away with it by just saying you are being neighborly and doing nice neighborly things.

    Don't ask to be compensated...this is about your mental well being and your nice weed free lawn. Accept that they don't have your same pride of ownership and try to find a work around to accomplish your goals without making it a battle.