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Dandelion ControlDandelion weed

When dandelions have sprung up in your yard, the kids may love to pick them and blow at the seeds once the dandelion flower has dried out to make a wish, but for lawn owning adults, these things can drive us mad. Dandelions on turf can choke out all of your desired grass nutrition if nothing is done about their invasion. 

It doesn’t help that these bright yellow flowers degrade into ugly fuzzy balls that easily blow off the flower and scatter in the wind which results in a new dandelion plant growing wherever the seed happens to fall onto soil. Thankfully there are some effective ways to control dandelions and we here at Solutions Pest and Lawn have just that--a solution.

Dandelion Background Information

Dandelions are a perennial broadleaf weed which can grow and thrive in any kind of soil and become pervasive on lawns which receive full sunlight. The origins of its name comes from France with dandelion meaning “teeth of the lion”. The dandelion plant is actually native to Europe and was brought over to the US in the 1600s by European settlers who used dandelions often as a food source and for medicinal reasons.

Dandelion leaves are dark green, scalloped, and form a rosette growing close to the soil surface. They grow large bright yellow flowers which gradually turn into puffy white seed heads when the seeds are ready to be released, which can happen fairly quickly, sometimes in as little as 24 hours. The taproots are thick and long, growing to a length of 20 or more inches.

In the early spring, new sprouts will emerge from the taproot, which can be 2 to 3 feet deep in the soil, this makes pulling the dandelions by hand not very effective when it comes to eliminating them. Even though they disappear in the fall, the taproot survives deep in the soil to start the cycle again in the spring. To keep dandelions out of your yard, this root has to be killed.

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How to Get Rid of Dandelions

Unfortunately, due to the fact that Dandelion seeds can travel from different lawns and even miles and land on your lawn, it is practically impossible to completely and utterly have total removal of and prevention of dandelions from your lawn. However, when you do have dandelions on your lawn, they are a fairly easy weed to control.

There are two basic types of herbicide which can be used to get rid of . The first is a selective broadleaf herbicide. A broadleaf herbicide can only eliminate broadleaf weeds, which is precisely what a dandelion is. Selective broadleaf herbicides like Triclopyr, SpeedZone Broadleaf Herbicide and 2 4-D Amine are fantastic for killing dandelions in lawns, as the herbicide will kill the dandelions and spare the grass.

The other kind of dandelion herbicide is a non-selective herbicide. Non-selective basically means that the herbicide is a kill all solution. Any plant that comes into contact with the chemical will be eliminated. Glyphosate is the most common type of this kind of herbicide. Non-selective herbicide is effective for spot treating dandelions by targeting the weed when they are present in flower beds and in walkways.

When using any herbicide for dandelion control, it is ideal to apply the herbicide before the dandelion has developed flowers. Timing is important as once dandelion flowers have emerged, the dandelion is far more resistant to herbicides and the herbicide, broadleaf or non-selective, will not be as effective.

Recommended Herbicides for Dandelion Removal

We advise you to please use whatever herbicide you use according to the instructions located on the label and to get the proper rate and usage. Also be sure to use the proper safety equipment when handling any kind of herbicide.

Dandelion Prevention Tips and Recommendations

  • The best way to keep dandelions from getting comfortable residing on your lawn is by killing the whole plant, taproot and all and then implementing measures to make your lawn uninviting to dandelions.

  • A thick lawn is an effective method for preventing dandelions and other broadleaf weeds in the lawn. Mow your lawn at a high setting on your mower, and follow a regular feeding program to achieve a lawn that is thick enough to keep weeds like dandelions from establishing to begin with.

  • The best time to control dandelions are in the spring or in the fall. Fall would also be a good time to reseed

For more information on controlling dandelion on your lawn and to get advice catered to your unique issue from experts, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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