Dandelions may be a delight for the kids, but they can be a nightmare for your lawn.
Though kids love dandelions for their fluffy seed heads, most lawnies dread the sight of them. Dandelions are a broadleaf perennials, which are difficult to remove. Once a dandelion plant has fully established root system, the weed will come back year after year, spreading its seeds across your lawn every year.
That long root is the key to total extermination – if you want to truly rid yourself of a dandelion, you must kill or remove all of the root.
If you follow these steps you should be on the right track to remove them once and for all.
STEP 1: Dig up the dandelions.
As any plant is more easily pulled from the ground if the soil is moist, first use the watering can to dampen the soil around the dandelion, and wait a few minutes for the moisture to settle in. Then, work a weeding knife down along the base of the dandelion in two or three places. Push the soil away from the root of the plant by wiggling the knife. Finally, grasp the base of the plant between your fingers and gently pull. If it still feels stuck, work the weeding knife around some more, and then gently pull out the entire root system.
STEP 2: Carefully target and kill the dandelion root with herbicide.
Any portion of the dandelion’s root system that remains will grow into a new plant again, so you must kill whatever is left. Most natural herbicides you’ll find at the store are nonselective, meaning they will kill any plant that comes into contact with them, including your grass. Keeping that in mind, carefully apply herbicide only into the hole from which you just pulled the dandelion.
STEP 3: Fill the hole in your lawn quality top soil.
Having dug up the dandelion, it’s best to fill the hole with top quality top soil, use a leveler or the back of a rack to ensure you don’t have any dips in your repaired area.
STEP 4: Focus on your lawn’s health.
Finally, after battling your weeds, take the time to strengthen your lawn. Kings Pride is a strong and healthy lawn especially when it is looked after – this will mean it will be less susceptible to weed invasion.
- water deeply but infrequently to encourage a strong, deep root system
- Cut no more than a third of the length of the grass blades at any one time; this allows for good photosynthesis and keeps grass from drying out too quickly.
- Schedule at least 3 fertilisee applications each year before spring, mid summer, and a few weeks before winter would be ok.
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