Best 4 Ways To Control Dandelions

The old saying that a weed is a flower that is growing in the wrong place is never more true than in the case of dandelions. These attractive yellow flowers appear every spring, but unfortunately they insist on colonizing our lawns where they are not welcome. And controlling them is not at all easy. This article by David Beaulieu which I found on The Spruce website suggests four ways to tackle this problem.

What makes dandelion removal from lawns so difficult? Well, dandelions enjoy the best of both worlds. Above-ground, their seeds ride the wind currents, poised to drop into the slightest opening in your lawn to propagate the species. Meanwhile, below-ground, they strike down a taproot up to 10 inches long. Pulling the taproot as a means of removal is problematic. Thick but brittle, the taproot easily fractures and any fraction of the taproot that remains in the ground will regenerate.

How to Kill Dandelions: Pulling Them

If you want to try to pull these weeds, despite the difficulty just mentioned, here’s how to proceed:

  • To facilitate weeding, water the lawn first (weeds are more easily extricated from wet soil).
  • Make an incision into the soil, down along the side of the taproot, using a garden spade or similar tool. If you’re really serious, you can even buy a tool designed specifically for dandelion removal.
  • Wiggle the tool to loosen the taproot
  • Using the ground as a fulcrum, try to pry up the weed. Get a good grip on the leaves (as many of them as you can close your hand over) and use them as your “handle” on which to tug.
  • Give the weed a gentle tug to see if the taproot is yielding.
  • If the taproot is yielding, remove the dandelion weed from the soil. Otherwise, make further incisions around the taproot and continue to tug gently at the leaves.

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