Dandelions are one of the most common weeds in lawns, and they can be very difficult to get rid of. If you’re struggling with dandelions on your lawn, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them.
What Is Dandelions and Why Is It Bad?
Dandelions are one of the most common and well-known weeds in North America. The plant is a member of the sunflower family and is native to Europe. Dandelions were introduced to North America by early settlers for their medicinal properties and as a food source.
The dandelion plant is a taproot weed, meaning it has a long, thick root that extends deep into the ground. The root system is very extensive and can reach depths of up to 15 feet. Dandelions are very resilient and can regrow from even small pieces of the root.
Dandelions are considered weeds because they compete with other plants for space and resources. They can also be a nuisance because of their ability to spread quickly.
When Do Dandelions Germinate?
Dandelions germinate in the fall and early spring. The best time to kill them is before they flower and set seeds. Once dandelions flower and set seed, the plant dies, but not before releasing up to 5,000 seeds that can travel on the wind to start new plants elsewhere.
Dandelions Life Cycle
Dandelions reproduce solely by seed. A single plant can produce up to 5,000 seeds in a season. The seeds are contained in a ball-like structure called a “blowball” or “clock.” The blowball consists of hundreds of tiny, black seeds that are surrounded by white, fluffy material.
When the blowball is ripe, it will detach from the plant and be carried away by the wind. The seeds can remain viable in the soil for up to 10 years.
The flower of the dandelion is a bright yellow, a daisy-like structure that blooms from May to October.
Prevent Dandelions With Pre-Emergent Chemicals
Dandelions are one of the first weeds to sprout in the spring, which is why applying a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring is an effective way to prevent them from taking over your lawn. Pre-emergent herbicides work by creating a barrier on the surface of the soil that prevents weed seeds from germinating and growing.
There are a few different pre-emergent herbicides that will work to prevent dandelions, but one of the most effective is called Dimension. Dimension can be applied as early as February or March before dandelions even start to grow.
How to Kill Dandelions in Your Lawn
There are a few different ways to kill dandelions. You can pull them up by hand, use a chemical herbicide, or make a natural herbicide at home.
If you want to try pulling them up by hand, the best time to do it is after rain when the ground is soft. You can also use a weeding tool to help you get the roots out.
Chemical herbicides are usually effective at killing dandelions. Look for one that is specifically designed to kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions. Be sure to follow the directions on the herbicide label.
You can also make a natural herbicide at home by mixing 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water. You can add a teaspoon of dish soap to help the mixture stick to the leaves better. Spray the mixture on the dandelions and they should die within a few days.
FAQs About Getting Rid of Dandelions in Your Lawn
Why can’t I get rid of dandelions?
There are a few reasons why you might not be able to get rid of dandelions. One reason is that the dandelions might have deep roots that are difficult to remove. Another reason is that you might be using the wrong herbicide. Be sure to use an herbicide that is specifically designed to kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions.
What is the best time of year to get rid of dandelions?
The best time of year to get rid of dandelions is in the spring or fall. This is because the weather is cool and the dandelions are actively growing. If you try to get rid of dandelions in the summer, they will go dormant and you won’t be able to kill them.
What time of year do dandelions go away?
Dandelions go away in the fall when the weather gets cool. This is because they are a cool-season weed. Once the weather starts to warm up in the spring, they will start to grow again.
Should you spray dandelions before or after mowing?
It doesn’t matter if you spray dandelions before or after mowing. However, it is important to make sure that you mow your lawn regularly so that the dandelions don’t have a chance to spread their seeds.