Not everyone dislikes dandelions in their garden. In fact, some people
actually enjoy them and look for them to use for cooking. Dandelions
can be eaten in a number of ways including sautéing the stems in a little
garlic and olive oil or using them to make dandelion tea, jelly or soup.
Many people even use their stems to add to fresh green salads.
If you are not one of these people, however, and prefer a lawn and garden
free from dandelions, read on for some helpful hints on how to best
There are basically two options for removing dandelions. One of these
options, and it is the most effective, is to dig them out. You can dig
up the dandelion plant by hand or with a tool but be sure to dig out
all of its roots. Remember that dandelions have very deep roots. While
this option is most effective, it does put a lot of stress on your back
and limbs. Some people find that using a tool to remove the dandelions
is easier than using just the hands and there are gardening tools designed
specifically for that purpose. The most attractive feature of these
tools is their long handles – thus the back saving function of the tool.
Some of the tools are also supposed to be good for lifting up the weed
after uprooting it, tilling the soil and digging small holes. Whether
you decide to use a gardening tool or your hands, it is important that
you moisten the area surrounding the dandelion first, as this will make
the removal of the roots much easier.
The other option is to use Acetic Acid to remove the dandelions. Vinegar
has about a five percent concentration of acetic acid but you can buy
stronger concentrations at your local gardening store. These solutions
can be used effectively to kill the dandelions in your lawn but you
must follow instructions carefully when doing so. When incorrectly applied,
acetic acid can kill your lawn as well as the dandelions.
To help prevent the dandelions from growing back, be sure to fill the
holes with soil or compost where the dandelions were dug up or killed
off, and replace with grass seed. Other measures to take to help prevent
dandelions from growing back are mowing your lawn high (never take off
more than a one third of the grass blade), mowing it regularly (once
a week), and leaving grass cuttings on the grass to help prevent seeds
If you are not looking to remove all of the dandelions but only wish
to control or limit their growth you can take an alternative approach.
Instead of digging up entirely the dandelion flowers and their roots,
simply sever the roots about two inches below the surface. Afterwards,
you must then water, fertilize, and reseed your lawn. This will help
rejuvenate it and make it stronger against future dandelion growth.
Dandelions are a hearty flower and spread out and grow quickly. Once
they turn from the bright little yellow flower into the white dandelion
seed head, the seeds quickly get carried off by the wind to other parts
of your garden and reproduce quickly. The only way to prevent this from
happening is regular and proper lawn maintenance.
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