The fight against dandelions is lost, but so what?
I'm raising a white flag at my house and declaring a surrender to the struggle against dandelions.
It's been five years since Toronto outlawed herbicides, which the province extended to other municipalities in 2009, banning the most effective weapons - including the marvellously deadly Roundup - used to kill common weeds.
At the time, the wailing of lawn care companies was deafening, and a sincere demonstration of their concern for the future of, uh, their business.
They hired well-paid lobbyists to plead their case, but were unable to persuade the bike-riding, tree-hugging pinkos in charge of the loony asylum (I'm practicing my Sue-Ann Levy imitation here) at city hall that weed-killing chemicals are good for us.
Our kids are quite likely healthier for it and that the day will come when we realize we were poisoning ourselves, and wonder how we could have been so stupid, similar to the change in attitude towards smoking.
Oh, but what a price we are paying for cleaner ground water.
Now that we're well into the prohibition, dandelions have completely taken over many lawns, including mine. Large open areas, such as parks and schoolyards, are a sea of yellow and white this week, as the flowers go to seed.
The lawn care outfits switched gears and came out with safe and environmentally friendly products they say are just as good as the banned stuff, no less a nose-stretcher than their earlier claims that herbicides are safe.
I tried the safe stuff twice, and found it was nearly as good as dousing weeds with boiling water.
There's a tool available at garden centres that you can jam into into the middle of a dandelion or thistle and dislodge the root by pushing down on it with your foot, advertised as the solution to dandelions.
I spent many hours inching over my lawn with the tool, diligently rooting them out, and I can testify that they are useful only if you have absolutely nothing else to do.
Dandelions always come back.
So that's it for me. I used to be aggrieved by it, but gave up this spring and just run the lawn mower across them more often, which spreads the puffy white seeds even further.
They'll be gone in another week or so, and without flowers, they'll blend into the grass, until round two in July.