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Dandelions may be beautiful flowers that bring up numerous childhood memories, but people passionate about the look of their gardens or lawns might not be as delighted when dandelions appear everywhere.
Unfortunately, these tiny flowers sap water and take the nutrients away from your grass or other plants. Although dandelion control might be difficult due to their floating seeds, you can remove them following these easy steps. Here’s how to get rid of dandelions!
1. When Should You Remove Dandelions?
In early spring, you can harvest dandelions and use leaves either raw or boiled. Most people eat them in salads due to their high content of vitamins and iron. Flowers are typically used in wine or stir-friend, while roots can be dried and used for tea.
Dandelions die during the winter but their roots remain underground. In the fall, their leaves send the nutrients down to the roots. This means it is the perfect moment to use herbicide because the chemicals are absorbed by the leaves and transferred to the roots.
This is what you need to get rid of dandelions:
2. Dig Up the Roots
Similar to any plant, it is less labor-intensive to dig up the roots when the soil is moist. Using the watering can, water the dandelions and wait until all liquid is absorbed. Use the weed knife to make two or three points around the plant and start to loosen up the root by wiggling the tool. Grasp the plant and pull the taproot.
3. Use Herbicide
Even though you pull the root out, there might still be remnants inside the soil that will result in a new plant, so you must use herbicide to kill any leftovers. Most solutions available in the store kill any plant you spray them on, so you should carefully apply the solution. The best way is to pour the herbicide into the hole after you extracted the root.
4. Use A Pre-Emergent Herbicide
At this point, the loose soil in your garden or lawn is vulnerable to other weeds. To make sure that none of them will take root, add a pre-emergent herbicide. This will also prevent your grass or other plants to grow in this spot, so there is no need to plant anything else. All you can do is hope that your already nearby plants or grass will expand to this area eventually.
5. Focus on Your Lawn’s Health
After you remove the dandelions, you can improve the health of your lawn or garden. If you have healthy plants or grass, there will be no more space available for invasive dandelions or weeds.
In the long term, you should water deeply, but not too frequently, and you should cut your grass maximum of a third of its length. This improves photosynthesis and keeps your grass healthier. Finally, make sure you fertilize your plants based on their type. For example, some grass types require fertilization during the spring, others during the fall.