How To Deal with Dandelions

Dandelions, a flowering weed in the daisy family, are rather stubborn weeds to deal with because of how well they are designed to survive. Just look at them. Above ground, their weeds can scatter on the wind for miles - often ending up right in your backyard, eager to propagate. Below ground, their taproot can reach up to 10 inches long. Which basically means pulling up dandelions can be a total pain. If you don’t yank up the whole taproot, any fraction of it left behind will, like an amputated arm in a horror movie, just grow right back. Ugh, right?

THREE APPROACHES TO GETTING RID OF YOUR DANDELIONS

Feeling like you have too many growing in your yard? We think some dandelions are okay, but everyone has their own way. That’s why there are options.

#1 The Original:

Roll up your sleeves for some old-fashioned weed pulling.

  • Water your lawn before you tackle pulling up weeds because a wet soil makes removing them way, way easier.
  • Pick up a dandelion remover or garden spade.
  • Do your best to get the whole root. If you don’t, it will likely grow back.

#2 Spot Treatments:

Iron-based herbicides are selective broadleaf weed killers. They will deal with the dandelions in your yard without harming your grass or soil. Observe the area and retreat as needed (every 2-3 weeks).

Herbicidal soaps are super fast-acting, but non-selective meaning it will kill your weeds and any other plant it comes in contact with. Be careful where you spray. It works by penetrating the waxy cuticle of plants, causing the plant to dehydrate and die. Observe the area and retreat as needed (every 2-3 weeks).

#3 Last Resort:

If you decide to use something more intense, we recommend spot treating weeds as the safest practice. Use caution when applying to prevent the chemical-spray from drifting across your lawn, wafting into open windows, or coming in contact with non-target plants.

KEEP DANDELIONS FROM COMING BACK

Once you’ve dealt with the ones in your yard, you’ll want to go on the offense because, well, a good offense is the best defense.

>> Keep your lawn and soil well fed with nutrients so grass grows thick.

>> Don’t cut your grass too short. Mow at a high setting (2-3 inches).

>> Fill in the bare patches in your lawn before they attract more dandelion growth

>> Leave your clippings right where they fall (aka Grass-cycling) to help nourish your lawn.

THE BUZZ ABOUT DANDELIONS

Nature always has a reason. Dandelions, in this case, are the most important food source for honey bees in early spring. They promote hive health and give the bees an early-season energy boost. Got a few in your yard? Then don’t feel so bad because you’re doing your part to feed the bees. But if you want them gone, that’s totally cool too. Got other weed concerns?

YOUR LAWN. YOUR LAND. YOUR CHOICE.

Pulling them up, tackling ‘em with herbicides or using spot treatments is your choice. At the root of the issue (pun intended) is soil begging for nutrients. If weeds like dandelions persist in your yard, it’s time to look deeper. Past the weeds, past the grass … and into the soil. Because a healthy lawn starts with soil. A healthy lawn is a lawn resilient to weeds. And at Sunday, that’s what we’re out to achieve. Beautiful, healthy lawns that are tough enough to withstand weeds like dandelions.