May 28, 2014 12:08 am

Dandelions causing grief for Calgarians

CALGARY – It’s that time of year again — parks and lawns are painted with gold.

Dandelions are seeding around Calgary, leaving homeowners with a backbreaking chore.

Many landscapers pluck them, one-by-one, or spot treat their lawns throughout the spring and summer – but it can be a losing battle.

The broadleaf weeds are simply taking over many lawns, especially next to city parks and fields.

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“It’s pretty hard to control them if the city doesn’t look after theirs,” says Lyle Singular who has lived across from a Mayland Heights park for over 30 years.

James Borrow, Pest Management with the City of Calgary says crews do spot treat the most serious cases but simply can’t do it all.

“It wouldn’t be financially feasible to attempt to eradicate the dandelions within the city,” says Borrow. “It’s just not practical to deal with it that way, so we have acceptable levels.”

Seeds from dandelions can travel up to 8 kilometres on a breeze.

The city suggests letting your lawn grow at least three inches high to help choke out weeds.

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