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So the dandelions are really starting to get going here where I’m at… maybe you’re seeing something similar where you are.
Today I want to tell you about some easy methods regarding how to get rid of dandelions in your lawn.
Dandelions are a tough weed that fights with your lawn for moisture, nutrients, and sunlight. And getting rid of them by just running over them with your lawn mower, well it just won’t cut it.
They’ll back growing before you even get the mower back in the shed.
Just on a side note: According to Medicalnewstoday.com Dandelions are also known for their health benefits, from helping reduce cholesterol, providing antioxidants, regulating blood sugar just to name a few.
So in this post were going to go over a few ways on how to get rid of dandelions in your lawn.
How To Get Rid Of Dandelions In Lawn
Whether they’re bright, yellow flowers or seeding puffballs it’s crucial to know the differences between them and similar weeds.
We’ll go over the steps to identify dandelions so you can control them.
Springtime when these little suckers start popping their ugly heads around the place.
How To Get Rid Of Dandelions In Lawn Naturally
If you’re just seeing a few scattered around the place here and there then its quite possible to pull them by hand.
So there are many different tools out there as far as manually removing these dandelions that you can check out if that’s something you’re interested in and then you can definitely try that.
One thing that I will notice with pulling them manually is sometimes it’s hard to remove all of that actual root system.
They can go pretty deep into the ground.
So if you don’t get rid of everything then you may have thought that the plant was gone, but it may come back again.
I know though for some of you manually pulling them would be a perfect option.
How To Treat Dandelion With Chemical
So talk about some other options though as far as spot spraying or actually spraying a larger area if you have a lot of coverage of dandelions.
So last year I started with my project lawn on a house we’re slowly renovating up.
It had a lot of dandelions in it.
A lot of other weeds mixed in and this is to be pretty typical of a lawn that seen some neglect over the past years.
So once you get going back on a program like we did last year and going into this year.
The changes have been pretty immense in only one season.
So for some of you that have widespread coverage Of dandelions.
Hose End Lawn Weed Killer
I think the best option for you is one of these hose-end type versions.
You just hook up a hose it mixes with water and that should give you pretty good coverage of a larger area as well.
That’s what I started out with last year.
I just started off with one of those hose-end versions and I had really good results with it on just one application.
Once you wet it down let that sit for a few weeks and then come back later and see what ended up happening with it.
So that’s what I did last time.
I got the majority of stuff in that first try but of course, you won’t get everything.
So then after that I want to the method of spot spring.
Spot Spray Weed Killer
So probably for the absolute easiest method of spot spraying.
I look in the store for something that’s usually called ready to use.
It should have a little handle on it that you can spray or should just have a nozzle on the top that you can spray.
And if you’re only wanting to spot spray weeds and you just have a few here and there that you want to spray.
That’s the easiest method because you can just grab it and spray it right out of the container.
You don’t have to do any mixing.
You don’t have to worry about having a sprayer or any of that stuff.
Make sure that you are reading your label for your grass type.
You have to know what grass types you have because Extremely important before you go spraying anything in case the label specifies that it can’t be used on your specific grass-type.
Now for those more advanced or that already have a sprayer and maybe you’re looking for the best bang for your buck.
Something that you can keep long-term and mix on your own.
Then let’s look at something that I’ve been using already and so far have had great results.
So for me a couple of days ago, I just spot sprayed a few areas in my lawn and I use this product right here
Tenacity Herbicide is one of the best commercial grade weed killers available
This one is better in a little cooler weather and it’s still somewhat cool here.
So these Ester based products work better in cooler weather.
This thing is a little stronger than some other versions so you need to make sure you have your rates, right?
You need to make sure that you’re not overdoing it on anything just to make sure you don’t damage any good grass.
Just need to give it a good shot of spray.
Once it’s wet and the leaves look good and wet that’s good enough.
You don’t need to go any farther at that point.
It’s still a pretty easy product to use and I want to show you some results that I had sprayed it two days ago.
You can continue to spot spray over time.
And like I said the more that your grass gets healthy and the more that you’re keeping up with a program.
And mowing properly as well, then you’re going to see a lot fewer weeds sticking up.
And now for a yard like mine, I rarely have to do much spraying at all except for maybe a few spots here and there.
If I can be assured I will pull those by hand most of the time I will do that.
Don’t Make This Mistake
When choosing your weed killer, make sure you read whats on the tin. Since pretty much all the week killers are all in the same section.
Some are not the same as each other.
All right, so I’m doing this on purpose today.
I wanted to show you a lineup of these products that I have and sort of go over how you can easily make a mistake with these.
Then I’m going to show you an example of what that mistake can actually do to your lawn.
So most people would think okay all these are in the same area of the store have to be exactly what I want.
They pick up a bottle they start spraying or maybe it’s even a version that already has a little spray nozzle on top.
Here’s one problem this thing right here without paying too much attention.
You might think is just like the others.
However, it is not and the key term right there is weed and grass killer.
So what happens is people grab that often and they’re not quite paying attention to the label.
They start spraying and in a few days you end up with this.
So without really paying attention the main ingredient here was glyphosate which kills the grass and the weeds and everything there.
All the other ones do not contain anything that would kill the grass.
They are only selective herbicides, which means that they are selecting the weed to kill and not the actual grass itself.
So the knockout would be what’s considered a non-selective.
It’s not being selective as to what it kills when you apply it. So whatever you spray it on will die, simple.
So as you can see, there are many easy different methods on how to get rid of dandelions in the lawn as well as a few options for you.
I hope this post has been helpful to you.
Have you used any of these weed killers before? If you what were your results… if you have any questions, leave it below and I will try to help you out.
If your lawn suffers from dandelions… you know, those yellow flowers that seem to pop up in your lawn overnight… if you want to know how to kill dandelions in the lawn and get rid of them for good… then this post is just for you. Here’s why…
There is a truckload of different ways to kill dandelions, without a word of a lie. Many work and while many do, most don’t.
So today I’m going to tell you the best way on how to get rid of dandelions, remove dandelions and how to prevent dandelions from growing in your lawn.
By any means the DIY homemade vinegar recipe to get rid of dandelions and the ready-made herbicide I use and recommend as the best dandelion killer can easily be used on most common household weeds and not just limited to dandelions.
The cheapest and quickest way to weeding dandelions especially if you’ve got a small backyard is to simply use a fork and hand remove them by hand. Tools like these Fiskars Ergo Scratch Tool Garden Weeders work a treat and not overly expensive as well.
Yer sure does require you to bend down or get down onto the knees, if that is a hassle and a pain then the own of these Fiskars 4-Claw Weeders would be better suited.
The Fiskars 4-Claw Weedervis 39″ long and works by stepping down onto the step, and then just rocking the handle back then pull the handle towards yourself. This action then pulls the dandelion plant out of the ground roots and all.
For me to best explain how it works check out the video below…
DIY vinegar weed killer recipe with Epsom salt
For those who want to use a more effortless way to kill dandelions and don’t find kneeling down on the lawn very therapeutic while pulling weeds.
I hear ya and I’ve got ya covered with this. On another post about making your own vinegar weed killer recipe and this ideal for those who can’t be bothered pulling weeds, and don’t want to use a chemical herbicide.
The 3 ingredients you require to make this simple and easy DIY vinegar weed killer is:
- Washing up detergent
- Epsom or just normal table salt will do.
The vinegar is where most people go wrong here and complain about it don’t work and doesn’t kill anything.
Common household vinegar won’t do shit, as it’s only rated at around 3-5 % acidity which won’t kill dandelions
So don’t fall into that trap and just gran the vinegar from out of the cupboard and make your mix. It will do jackshit and just waste your time and ingredients.
Brand doesn’t matter in this instance as long as its rated at 30% or higher if you can snag it higher.
The soap doesn’t matter, just use whichever washing liquid you have floating around, much the same as the salt. You can use Epsom if like, I’ve never tried it with Epsom but can’t see why it won’t work.
This formula just uses normal table salt and I can’t see what differences of salt used for your dandelions killer vinegar recipe.
The measurements below will make around half gallon. So where going to make a half-gallon mix and just change things up or down if you want to make more or less.
There is no set way to mix the ingredients so I’m going to start off with the vinegar.
Making Your Own Homemade Vinegar Weed Killer With Epsom Salt
Make sure you have a bucket of containers big enough to carry more than half a gallon of liquid.
- Measure out half a gallon and add to your container
- Throw in a good 3 to 4 tablespoons of salt.
- Then add about a tablespoon of liquid soap
Give it all a good mix and then your good to go.
Fill up your sprayer or little squirt bottle and your hardest.
Now at this point, I want to add that whatever you spray will need a follow-up hit. Also, keep in mind that this will kill your lawn and grass as well as the weeds.
Using the vinegar weed killer recipe works great for spot spraying small areas of the lawn and garden.
If the thought of killing your perfectly manicured lawn, relax I’ve got you covered.
For real results, guaranteed to kill your broadleaf weeds and not your grass then what I’ve got for you next, your gonna love.
Tenacity herbicide is a commercial use selective weed and grass control system used by professionals, golf courses and achieving best results when comes to get rid of dandelions and prevent dandelions.
Cause you can use tenacity as both a pre-emergent and post-emergent weed controller system.
Dandelion removal is hard to achieve a 100% success rate first time.
Using tenacity as a pre-emergent in dry areas can be tricky if you don’t get the rains.
If applied and no rain has dropped, irrigate your lawn to act as say half-inch of fall has dropped from the heavens and that will kick the absorption off and stop the dandelion seeds going dormant.
Using tenacity isn’t clear cut add to your sprayer and start spraying. There are a couple extra steps needed to gain the best results to which you can see here.