Nothing announces “spring” quite like small and yellow dandelion blossoms popping out everywhere in your lawn. But nothing announces “a headache” like dandelion either. Dandelion weeds can be surprisingly difficult to do away with. Not only do they reproduce at a rapid rate, but they’ve got particularly long roots that grow up to 10 inches into the soil, making the flowers hard to pull out manually. There’s a good chance that even if you try removing them with your hands, they’ll just split off partway down and you will leave some root in the soil – giving the weed yet a second chance to propagate.
Fortunately, getting rid of dandelions isn’t all that hard when you know how to properly control their growth. Here are a few tips to get rid of dandelions, for good.
Use Corn Gluten Meal
The best approach to avoid dandelion growth is to eradicate them even before they’ve grown and to keep them from re-appearing. Corn Gluten Meal is an organic weed killer completely safe for your lawn, as well as kids and pets. This herbicide is pre-emergent, which means that it prevents seedlings from beginning to sprout in your lawn. It’s recommended that you spread Corn Gluten Meal over your lawn at least a month ahead of their growing season. Since the herbicide only stays effective for a little over a month, you’ll need to re-apply it several times.
Mow to kill
Mowing for dandelion control actually sounds pretty simple but there are a few things you should consider when mowing. To begin with, mow regularly to crop dandelions even before they grow. Raise the mower height so it doesn’t clip the grass too short. You may also want to water the grass, so it gets thicker.
This one’s a no-brainer. Just pull out dandelion weeds out from the root. You might need a few tools to dig deep, though. It’s important that you water your lawn ahead of time as it will soften the dirt and make it easier to pluck the flowers.
Or go with herbicides
You think using your hands is a little too much work? You should invest in a good herbicide. There’s nothing more to herbicides than just supplementing your efforts and effectively eradicating dandelion plants. What more do you need anyway?
Dandelion removal can be a daunting task but you shouldn’t call it a day too soon. Just follow the aforementioned tips and you’ll surely be successful in getting rid of dandelions – without breaking your back.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Mow Dandelions?
Dandelions that have been mowed will grow back. You should destroy developing flowers before they are able to mature into seed distributors, preventing the opportunity for new germination.
If you do have dandelion seed heads, use a bag attachment to collect clippings and reduce seed spreading, or hand-cut the seed heads straight into a plastic bag to prevent spreading.
Does Mowing Dandelions Spread them?
Mowing dandelions does not contribute to the spread of them, but it also does not stop the spread. To stop the spread of dandelions, you must reduce seed spreading by collecting the dandelion seed heads into a bag and taken out of your yard.
Is There a Pre-Emergent for Dandelions?
Yes, there is pre emergent for dandelions. When using a pre-emergent for dandelion control, make sure to apply it late in the winter for it to be effective. The pre-emergent will prevent the seeds from germinating if it is used before the dandelion seeds have had a change to germinate.