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Original post made by WeedHater, Valley Trails, on Jul 18, 2011


My yard has a lot of weeds but my kids can't tolerate Roundup and other such stuff.

You know of some organic harmless way to kill weeds?

I was thinking of getting a goat. I heard goats can even eat poison ivy. Would neighbors mind? Is it legal in Pleasanton? I can also help neighbors with the goat for weeding by renting or for free.


P.S. I am new to the neighborhood

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

Organic? Sure -- bend over, grab weed, pull, throw out. Duh! Get your kids off the couch and away from their texting and have them help.
Why does everyone in this town think they need to pay for a health club membership but they are too lazy to actually do anything that resembles work? Oh it might ruin your manicure I guess.


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Posted by Leland
a resident of Happy Valley
on Jul 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

I tell my people to contact a weed removal crew to come in and remove them for me. (Undocumenteds usually do the best job and they don't charge as much.) JUst call me the job creator that I am, trying to cope with Obama's obsession with raising my taxes.


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Posted by Jeez
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

It's a shame a person posts something and then has to deal with getting jumped on, or with extreme sarcasm.

I don't know how large your property is. If it's small-ish, I agree with the idea of resident - why not all go out and work on pulling them? Or, there are "weed whackers".

I'm not sure about goats...if you are considering them then your property must be very large. There are municipal codes online that you could research.

If it were me, I'd get the family together with various tools to get rid of the weeds & then plant something that will discourage more weeds.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

Is there some special tool or technique that I can get to pull up those dandelion weeds without breaking the roots? Those things are really tough.

Web Link

I found this on Amazon, but it is unavailable.

Web Link

Anyone had any luck pulling these things?


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

"You know of some organic harmless way to kill weeds?"

I think that if there was some such convenient way to kill weeds we would have all heard about it and the companies that make chemical weed killers would be all out of business. All I do is pull out weeds when I see them. That's enough if you already have a fairly good grass lawn since grass is apparently already a pretty good competitor against weeds. If your lawn is completely overgrown with weeds, you may just have to kill all the plants by "solarizing" the lawn and start over.

As for pulling up weeds without breaking the roots, I usually do my weed pulling when the lawn and soil are wet because the roots seem to be easier to pull out then.


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Posted by Indianapolis Zachary
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm

"As for pulling up weeds without breaking the roots, I usually do my weed pulling when the lawn and soil are wet because the roots seem to be easier to pull out then."

Yeah but then when you pull em up they spray up wet dirt in your face. I hate that.


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Posted by Jessica
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Vinegar will do the trick.


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm


~~Jessica said:
"Vinegar will do the trick."

unclehomerr.. adds - so will fire. Get a butane torch and destroy all you can reach after pulling the above ground growth. Maybe vinegar 'and' fire!

unclehomerr..


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

"...so will fire."

Actually, as I'm sure unclehomer knows, just drinking a lot of beer and peeing on the weeds will also work. The excess nitrogen in urine can cause yellowing or browning of grass or weeds. Dog owners are probably familiar with the effect.

Still, commercial chemical weed killers are probably a lot more effective than urine or vinegar or goats or butane torches.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

rent a dozen goats...


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Posted by Weeder
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

some very creative solutions.

and..
"Still, commercial chemical weed killers are probably a lot more effective than urine or vinegar or goats or butane torches."

How do you know if commercial stuff does NOT contain urine or vinegar??? ;-)


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm


I pee on my liberal neighbor's lawn all the time. Doesn't do a thing!

unclehomerr..


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Posted by Like a good neighbor
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Old UnleHomerr had a neighbor, EE-I-EE-I-O.
And on that liberal's lawn he had to pee, EE-I-EE-I-O.
With a pee pee here and a pee pee there
Here a pee, there a pee, everywhere a pee pee
Old UncleHomerr had a neighbor, EE-I-EE-I-O.


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