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Classic Ann Landers, November 29


Dear Ann Landers: My wife and I have a big house with a large front lawn. Last May, I got out the electric lawn mower and planned to cut the grass, weeds and all. My wife did not want me to mow the weeds or apply a weedkiller, saying the only way to get rid of dandelions is to remove them by hand. I told her the Cubs will win the pennant before I do any hand-weeding.

This was unacceptable to my wife. She talked to our three teenagers, and the four of them decided to weed the lawn by hand and then mow it. I was told to "stay out of it," so I did. By the end of the week, my family had only managed to weed an area about the size of our dining room table.

Over the next few weeks, my wife tried to bully, threaten, cajole and force the kids to weed, but no progress was made. It is now the end of summer, and our lawn is still unmown. The grass in the backyard is almost 2 feet high. The front yard would be just as bad, but our neighbor came over and cut it last week when we were not at home. My wife was furious to discover she no longer could find the weeds in the shorter grass. I'm wondering whether it would be OK to ask our neighbor to do the backyard, too.

I am trying to stay out of this, but it's not working. Our city has an ordinance against having weeds higher than 6 inches. I have considered calling the authorities and asking them to serve my wife with a notice.

The other alternative is to have the whole thing paved over with concrete. Do you have a better idea? — Should Have Hired a Gardener in Denver

Dear Denver: Your wife must realize that it would take all year to pull the dandelions by hand, and the neighbors' good will could evaporate.

Tell your wife there is no alternative now that the lawn has been neglected for so long. The grass must be cut — no ifs, ands or buts. You may have to hire a lawn service to take care of it, weeds and all. Then research the best method of removing those pests. Good luck. The neighbors will be grateful.

Dear Ann Landers: What's the proper way to eat a banana? I was taught to peel the banana, put it on a dessert plate, cut a piece at a time with a fork and then put the piece in my mouth.

This seemingly civil way of eating a banana horrified my co-worker. He insists that a banana should be peeled and then put directly in the mouth. I told him that is how a monkey eats. Who is right? — Milpitas, Calif.

Dear Milpitas: I guess I must be a monkey because I peel the banana and put it directly in my mouth. Emily Post, however, says you are right.

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To the LW with the grass: Arrange to take wife and kids out for a few hours or a day, just so they are all gone from the house, prearrange with a lawn service to mow lawns during that time, and be as surprized as the rest of the family when you get home. Might even want to arrange for lawn service to treat for weeds after they mow. If there are no new weeds, there will be no excuse to not let you mow.
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Posted by: Elizabeth
Thu Dec 3, 2009 9:25 PM
Corn gluten is a natural, nontoxic preemergent herbicide that will prevent many undesirable lawn weeds from sprouting. It needs to be applied early - before they break dormancy, and usually 2 applications are needed. Depending on where you live, it might be too late for this year, but consider this environmentally safe alternative for next year.
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Posted by: Carla
Thu Apr 1, 2010 12:54 PM
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