Al and Peggy's Corner: Watch Out For The Pesticide Police...

Watch Out For The Pesticide Police...

Watch Out For The Pesticide Police...

A couple of years ago pesticides were banned in most cities in Ontario.  It is now illegal to use any pesticides on your lawns to kill or prevent those nasty weeds from growing.

The old dandelion is now thriving, from a distance they don't look so bad, but up close, not so good.  You can buy any number of new products to help pluck these dandies, but don't you even think about spraying them.  The spray police are out there watching and they come in all shapes, sizes and disguises.

Look close at the bottom of this picture, they even have the bee patrol watching.

A Bumble Bee checking out a dandelion.

Oh, by the way, they even have these bees going to school... have a watch.

Watch Out For The Pesticide Police...




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Comment balloon 13 commentsAl & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers • May 23 2010 11:17PM


Hi Al & Peggy, Pesticide Police huh? Well, how about that! You can always add those suckers to a salad! I don't mind them really, I don't like pesticides or herbicides, however I admit having to use them on the wasps that move in.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 9 years ago

Yup, pesticide police. That is why we had to buy one of those handy dandy weed tool. Takes alot of bending and its hard on the hands, but it must be done or our grass will be a sea of yellow instead of green! Have never tried them in a salad Andrea.......... 

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Al and Peggy - You'll be needing a lot more time over the next few years since your neighbours' dandelions will have lots of seeds that will drift onto your property.  Happy weeding!!! ;)

Posted by FN LN almost 9 years ago

Do Bee nice to your helpful insect friends and we will give you a good doobie ~ award that is...

Helping you help others live their American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Al & Peggy, dandelion greens are wonderful in salads, in soups you name it. They are the new up and coming greens. We use those and Kale in alot of dishes and they say that the vitimin/antioxident content for both is great. On the other hand, stay away from those bees...

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 9 years ago

Ya, and we've gently spoken to him about'd ya know Marc!!!

LOL Michael, gotta a tell you, we saw a big huge one this weekend, bee that is.

Not into dandelions so much Gerry, now the honey from the bees............. 


Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Having lived in Beeton, so named because of the Bees that were farmed here originally... I appreciate the Bees and can live with the dandelions.  Have never used them myself, but know of people that make wine and use the greens in salads...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Hi Al and Peggy,

I like dandelions and have always thought they were pretty - yes, I've been called strange before.

And I'd much rather know that our land isn't being poisoned by chemicals, just to preserve what society deems as the "perfect lawn".

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer almost 9 years ago
Hey guys, mine lawn is pretty spared but I am also out there on a regular basis with the tools and a bucket getting them out. We do have one neighbor that doesn't do much of anything to their lawn, including only occasionally cutting it. They provide the fodder for everyone elses' problems, could be time for a midnight raid.
Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 9 years ago

Al & Peggy, I'm all for getting rid of or at least regulating in some way the use of pesticides.  I have a private well at my house in Illinois so it is a concern to me.

The movie trailer was cute...maybe I'll go see the movie now.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) almost 9 years ago

That movie looks hilarious!  As for pesticides they are bad bad bad!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 9 years ago

I dislike dandelions but my stranger than strange husband thinks they are "bee-U-tee-ful."

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 9 years ago
What really bugs me is that supposedly intelligent people don't know the difference between pesticides and insecticides. They say: "herbicides and pesticides". They are repeating themselves, because herbicides are pesticides. Pesticides is a general category including all the "cides": herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides and algaecides. I don't understand while people get so many dandelions. I don't have any right now. I think I had two or three tiny ones since April on my front lawn and none in my backyard. It took me literally seconds to pull them out. There are very few dandelions in my suburban neighbourhood of Ottawa. To keep dandelions from coming back after you pull them out, make sure that your turf is tight: 1) overseed 2) topdress with soil and fertilizer; 3) don't cut too short-- leave 3 inches 4) don't remove clippings--they add nitrogen and 5) add Dutch clover seeds--keeps turf moist and adds nitrogen. Dutch clover is really nice and no more a weed than grass is. Did you know that grass is a type of weed?
Posted by K. Jean Cottam almost 9 years ago