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I use a "Dandelion Terminator". It instantly removes all the leaves and flowers and the top of the root (bud crown). If the dandy is going to come back it takes about 2-3 weeks. When, or if, I see any sign of life from the same invader I simply take one second to zap it again. After a second assault they don't come back. Also they don't get to spread any seeds. Best part of all I don't have to resort to chemical warfare.
If you just clip the dandelion to the ground the dandelion root will just keep getting larger and larger and next time it comes up with leaves they will be more mature and larger. Cutting to the ground on a dandelion and then putting a few drops of roundup with an eyedropper on the freshly cut root will work though.
Roundup on dandelions...I dribble a little stream down one or two leaves of the dandelion. That is enough to kill the dandelion and not touch the grass. It's too bad that your neighbor applies roundup in the way you described. Once the roundup hits the grass on your side of the lawn it is too late. We had a neighbor do this with the lawn running beside our driveway here in the country. He said he was just going to 'claim' back his field. But, once the roundup was down, it was too late. Grass is dead and we have now had to mow the weeds that have been growing in the area ever since.
I've been working on weeding our front yard for the last couple weeks. It's been hard work, but it's also been nice to spend some time in the yard. I'm using a hand dandelion weeder, getting the root sometimes, but sometimes really just cutting the weed down to the ground.
Our neighbor periodically sprays round-up on the dandelions in his lawn. It not only kills the dandelion, but all the grass in a circle about a foot wide. If it rains there can also be a trail of dead grass leading downslope from the area. Some of these run right into our yard!
I much prefer to do a little work and have a chemical-free, healthy lawn.
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