I was hoping for some advice about the best standalone product available to kill the pesky dandelions in my yard. Here's my conundrum.
I personally don't like using chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers on my lawn. I have a sloping lawn that leads directly to a sewer in front of my house, which in turn leads directly to the local river. I'm fine with letting the lawn go au naturel
and simply keeping it well groomed by mowing and trimming.
My wife, on the other hand, has gotten on me recently about the large numbers of dandelions in the yard. She wants the yard to look more like the neighbor's pristine lawn. I've been able to bring her expectations down a bit by explaining the difficulties in maintaining a yard at that level and some of the downsides to millions of pounds of fertilizer and pesticides being sent downstream every year. However, I'm beginning to realize after eight years of marriage how true the phrase 'Happy wife, happy life' really is, so I've agreed to buy something to spot treat the dandelions in order to make it not so obviously apparently where the property line ends.
There seems to be a few different products available on the market that specifically target the dandelions (one of which is Ortho Weed be gone, for example). I was hoping that some wise bogleheads might offer their opinions on what has worked best for them. Is there a specific chemical cocktail that I should be looking for on the active ingredients list (or similarly, any that I should be wary of). BTW, I'm not that very interested in any homemade concoctions (other than maybe one of those weed burners, those look like fun