How To Get Rid Of Pesky Dandelions – Permanently!
If you live in Atlanta, you’re probably intimately familiar with the humble dandelion. Every spring, these weeds sprout in the millions – spreading their fluffy seeds far and wide, and infecting just about every lawn in Georgia.
Some people don’t mind a few dandelions on their lawn, but these weeds can suck valuable water and nutrition away from your grass, and lead to overall poor lawn health. So if you want to get rid of your pesky dandelions, read on and follow these simple tips.
Start With Prevention
You’re not helpless in the face of dandelions. Though they’re very common in the spring, you can take several steps to make sure your lawn is healthy, and can compete with dandelions – reducing the chance that its health will be impacted when they inevitably sprout in April.
- Leave grass clippings on your lawn – Grass clippings act as a sort of natural barrier or “mulch” that can prevent new dandelions seeds from taking root.
- Never “scalp” your lawn – You should mow “high”, leaving your lawn at about 2.5-3 inches. This allows your grass to take in more sunlight, and deprives weeds of the sunlight they need, to outcompete your grass.
- Never leave bare spots on your lawn – If you have bare spots caused by disease, soil compaction, or any other issue, make sure they’ve been reseeded. A bare patch of soil is ground zero for weed infestations – including dandelions.
Pull Them – If You Have The Time
Pulling dandelions is very time consuming – but if you don’t like using herbicides and want a permanent solution to dandelions, it’s certainly a viable method.
- Water your lawn – A watered lawn is much more yielding, allowing you to pull weeds more easily.
- Make an incision into the soil – Using a sharp knife, trowel, or screwdriver, make an incision right next to the dandelion.
- Wiggle the tool – You’re trying to loosen the taproot and the dirt surrounding it so that you can pull it out without any breakage. This is crucial – dandelions can re-grow from any part of a taproot that’s not removed.
- Pry up the weed – Lever your tool against the ground as a fulcrum, and begin prying the weed up from the taproot. Grasp the broad leaves and give the weed a “tug”. See if it moves.
- Pull it up (or keep wiggling) – If the weed comes out easily, just give it a solid yank – the taproot will come with it. If not, keep on wiggling your tool around in the soil, and loosen the root until it does.
If you don’t have hours to spend weeding your lawn, herbicidal solutions are going to be your best bet. Products like Roundup will quickly destroy dandelions, as will just about any other herbicide you can get at the hardware store.
Apply the herbicide of your choice onto the broad leaves of the dandelion, avoiding contact with your grass. You shouldn’t mow for 2-3 days before applying the herbicide – this allows the leaves to grow, and gives you a larger application surface.
After applying the herbicide, don’t mow for the next 2-3 days. This will allow the herbicide to transfer from the leaves into the roots – killing the dandelion permanently.
Got Dandelion Troubles? Call The Professionals!
If your lawn is having severe dandelion issues and you don’t know what to do, call the professionals at O’Neill Landscape Group today! We can help you get rid of pesky dandelions permanently, and restore your damaged lawn to health.
So don’t wait. The longer you wait, the more dandelions will appear on your lawn – and the harder it will be to get rid of them. Get in touch today for a consultation.