Why is your lawn brown and patchy while your neighbour’s is lush and dandelion-free? Well, you can’t buy pesticides legally in Quebec anymore — but you can still get them in Ontario . Hardware stores across the border say Quebecers are buying up pesticides like Killex and Grub-B-Gon by the cartload. Some people are reportedly stocking up for several years worth of the stuff. The Quebec Environment Department isn’t all that bothered, though. It considers cross-border pesticide shopping a marginal phenomenon.
Heard on CJAD 800 in Montreal on 31 July 2006
Are people that desperate to get a “perfect lawn” that they need to do this? My lawn is not perfect, not a pristine dandelion-free expanse of beautiful grass (as my neighbours will attest,) but it’s usually kept pretty neat. It gets mowed every week. Dandelions seem to have two growing seasons: late spring/early summer and then again late summer. If you just make sure you mow them down and try to keep your lawn as healthy as possible with fertilizer, which really does work, then you should be fine.