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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.

Browse our recommended herbicide products for dandelion control below and scroll further to learn more about this puffy and pesky weed and how the experts get rid of dandelion using our patented 4 step process.

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How To Get Rid of Dandelions: Solutions 4 Step Process

Step One: Identification It's important to identify the type of weed you have to make sure that it is actually dandelion and not some other similar looking invasive weed. Knowing the exact weed you are encountering on your lawn will help you to understand what the weeds tendencies and characteristics are and also which one of our products can best treat that particular weed. This is important because some more stubborn weeds have a high tolerance or resistence to particular herbicides and control methods and are specifically labeled for certain weeds and not for others. If you misdiagnose the weed on your lawn as dandelion when it's in fact not, you may purchase a herbicide not meant to tackle it and it will lead to disappointing results and overall, a waste of money. 


The good thing about dandelion is that a lot of people are familiar with how it looks and can spot it with ease when they are growing on a lawn, at least when it comes to the flowers. From preschoolers to landscaping novices, the dandelion's most distinguishing feature is it's beautiful bright yellow flowerhead which has at least 100 to 150 florets on the flower head which within 24 hours or more, turns white and resembles a puffball. The seed heads can easily be blown off the stem via a gust of wind, or famously by taking a plant and blowing it. Aside from the flower head, the dandelion plant starts out as a rosette with large green irregular shaped leave which are smooth and point towards the center where the dandelion flower emerges.


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Step Two: Inspection. Once the plant has been properly Identified, you can then move to the inspection process. Chances are, if you have dandelion, they are not hard to miss and they stick out like a sore thumb on your lawn amongst your desired grass and vegetation. Dandelions are a creeping invasive perennial weed that can be diffifcult to manually control without the help of chemicals. This is primarily because of its extensive taproot which can grow underground up to three feet. This means that if you try to handpull it, the dandelion will just grow right back because if can easily break off and just start up growing once again, regenerating. Dandelions can grow in lawn and even in cracks in the pavement and sidewalks.

Step Three: Control.  If you scour the internet, you will find a large variety of DIY home remedies to treat dandelion on your lawn, most of which are not effective. The best way to get rid of dandelion on your lawn is via the help of professional herbicides labeled to control the problem. Dandelions can be killed with either Glyphosate 4 Plus Weed Killer Concentrate or Triclopyr 4 Brush Killer (Garlon 4). These professional quality herbicides will deal damage to the leaves on the plant and mess with the development of the root system, which the chemical being able to travel all the way down to the root system to kill off the entire plant and make sure that it doesn't make a return.

The best time to apply these herbicides is in the spring or fall. Alternatively, you can use a pre-emergent such as Isoxaben WG and apply it to your lawn before you have seen any dandelion weeds emerging to prevent them from creeping up when the growing season starts. Timing is especially important when it coems to using pre-emergent herbicides because they will not be effective against plants whicha have already emerged.  You need to treat dandelion where it is close to your desired plants and grasses, you might be better off using a paintbrush to paint the weed killer on the dandelion. Reapplication may be necessary to completely eliminate the plant because dandelion can sometimes be quite stubborn.


Step Four: Prevention. The best defense against ground ivy is a thick lawn that is well fertilized and maintained. Implement proper cultural practices such as watering, mowing and feeding to make your yard less conducive to dandelion making a return and invading your yard. In particular, mowing your grass high can help to fight off dandelion development because the weed seeds will not get the sunlight to be able to germinate and thrive if you were to mow your lawn low.

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Learn More About Dandelions

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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Did You Know That Dandelions Are Edible And Good For You?

If you don't wish to use herbicides to deal with your dandelion problem, you could always pick them out from the ground and eat them. What may surprise many is that many wild plants or weeds are some of the most nutrient rich plants you can eat. You may not have known this because in the past 100 or so years, as our food system became more and more industrialized and processed, superfoods such as dandelions dropped out of our diet.

Dandelion are primarily regarded as a pesky undesired weed that likes to take over our lawns and gardens and ugly up the uniformity we wish to have. They even pop-up in cracked sidewalks and pavement. Dandelion is invasive and can be hard to get rid of once established on the lawn. Surprisingly, dandelions are also an excellent food and herbal medicine that anyone can find, grow, and put to use.

Dandelions are more nutritious than spinach, have 25 times the Vitamin-A of tomato juice, and are a good source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins B, C and E. For many early settlers, dandelions were a life saver and used in herbal treatments and tonics to deal with various medical ailments. There are a number of different ways you can enjoy dandelions:

• The young leaves are tasty in salad if you pick them before the flowers appear to avoid too much bitterness. Older leaves can be boiled, with a bit of salt pork or bacon, like collards, stir-fried with garlic and onions, or cut up and added to risotto or pasta. You can use dandelion greens as a salad booster, to add some unique nutrients to the meal, and can also put them on sandwiches in place of less-nutritious lettuce.


So if you are annoyed with the presence of dandelion in your yard, why not use their presence as an opportunity to try a new healthy plant to add to your diet.

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Herbicide Options For Dandelion Removal

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.

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.


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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.


Additional Resources:

How To Control Dandelions In Your Yard | Today's Homeowner



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