Houston, We Have a Problem (of the backyard variety)

In the space of a few short weeks our yard has gone from 1) scrubby and brown to 2) green and lush and now 3) covered in dandelions.

This picture doesn't even do justice to the sheer number and geographical scope of the dandelion problem. It's like we're factory farming them out back.

This picture doesn't even do justice to the sheer number and geographical scope of the dandelion problem. It's like we're factory farming them out back.

There are hundreds -- nay, thousands -- of dandelions, and they are multiplying every day. 

Like bunnies. Adorable, fluffy bunnies.

Of course, they aren't adorable at all. And every time a gentle breeze floats by and I see a puff of seeds scatter in the wind, I want to cry. Soon we will have nothing but dandelions as far as the eye can see.

What should we do about this invasive plague? 

Option #1: Bring in a yard-care company to spray with weed-killer.

Pros: Effective.

Cons: Potentially expensive, and the honeybees -- think of the honeybees!

Option #2:  Spray individual weeds with a natural weed-killer (vinegar-based).

Pros: Nicer to the bees.

Cons: Extremely time intensive and only partially effective (those dandelions are tough little buggers).

Option #3: Dig them up by hand.

Pros: Nicer to the bees, and we could eat them (apparently they are quite delicious).

Cons: Insanely, ridiculously time intensive and we probably can't keep up with the problem at this stage of the game.

Option #4: Live with it.

Pros: Cheap and easy.

Cons: We'll eventually lose most of our fluffy soft grass as the dandelions push everything else out, and the neighbors aren't particularly keen on our house being a breeding ground of weed seeds for the entire block.

What brilliant solution am I missing? 

Dear reader, this is a challenge I don't know how to face. I *hate* dandelions, but I'm not ready to bring myself to spray weed-killer all over my yard. What option would you choose? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.