In this post, I will be sharing some tips on how to get rid of dandelions so read on…
Dandelions are one of the most common weeds and pests that we come across in our gardens. These pesky plants/yellow flowers have been around for centuries, but thankfully there’s a way to kill dandelions without using harsh herbicides! In this blog post, I’ll share with you my favorite dandelion recipe and how to use it safely on your lawn or garden.
Why are dandelions bad?
Dandelions in your yard are bad because they suck up all the nutrients in your soil, which will eventually kill your garden. They also can cause allergies and have a negative effect on the environment.
Getting rid of dandelions is easy and you can kill dandelions in your yard with the tips I will be sharing with you in this post.
Dandelion plants produce large quantities of pollen that are known to trigger hay fever symptoms in humans as well as other animals. The plant’s flower heads contain thistles (which can be prickly) which, when broken off by accident or purposely, release an irritating milky sap that may cause skin reactions including contact dermatitis and photosensitivity for people who come into contact with it. Dandelions also compete with native plants for space and light, making it more difficult for them to thrive.
Dandelions and their root systems spread very fast can survive in many different types of soils and are extremely hardy.
There are no viable means for controlling a dandelion once it has gone to seed so dandelion removal is the only option. It is suggested that the best way to control them is through prevention. More than half the damage done by dandelions comes from the crowded conditions caused by lawn mowing.
Dandelions usually grow in places with compacted soil such as driveways or patios making it easier for them to spread their roots deeper into the ground allowing them to survive during winter months when they would not normally be able to do so without a greater supply of water and sunlight entering into the topmost layer of soil.
What are dandelions a sign of?
Dandelions are seen as a sign that you have overwatered the area. It is a common misconception, however, because dandelions also grow in dry areas which makes it harder to pinpoint where exactly you have been watering too much.
Some studies have found that dandelion populations increase with soil disturbance and may be a result of human disturbance. If the majority of your yard or lawn consists of dandelions, then you are over-fertilizing your grass and soil and you need to control this.
Dandelion oil is often used in herbal remedies to improve liver function as it has high levels of antioxidants which can help cleanse the body by stimulating bile production.
Due to the dandelion’s unique chemical composition and its ability to fight tumors, pestilence, bacteria, viruses, and fungi it has become a widely sought-after plant.
Dandelions are good for your soil because they add nitrogen to it when they begin to decompose. This is beneficial if you need to grow healthy plants but not so good if your garden is already fairly healthy and may not require the same level of lawn care had there been no dandelion seeds in your lawn.
How to get rid of dandelions?
Dandelions are good for your soil because they add nitrogen to it when they begin to decompose. This is beneficial if you need to grow healthy plants but not so good if your yard is already fairly healthy.
To avoid this, you could simply gather all of the dandelions into a pile (make sure that there are no burrs on any of them) and then burn them with dry leaves or needles (be careful; do not allow the dandelions to fly in the air). This will get rid of most of the dandelion seeds without having to remove every last one individually. Also, be wary that burning may release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere which can negatively affect air quality nearby.
Following are some of the ways you can get rid of dandelions completely. You need to do the following to get rid of dandelions:
1. Put a coffee pot on the dandelions
The dandelions will die because they do not like the heat and that way you still keep the nutrients in your soil. The best way to use this is if you have a smaller garden and want to harvest the dandelions.
2. Put salt on them;
Specifically, Epsom salts are very cheap, but usually, you require a large amount of it. Sprinkle it over the areas with dandelions and then water it. The salt will kill all of the plant’s cells and as a result, they will wilt and die.
3. Pour boiling water over them
This will kill the dandelions and also add nitrogen to your soil. Make sure that you use an old coffee pot because the dandelions do not like heat and that way you still get to keep the nutrients.
4. Pull out the taproot with your hands or pliers, if necessary
The taproot is the white, fleshy root that grows out of the base of the plant. It has all of the nutrients in it, so if you manage to get rid of the entire taproot, there will be nothing left for the plant to grow and survive on.
5. Spray vinegar onto them:
If you spray vinegar on them, it will kill the leaves and make it harder for them to get nutrients but will not kill their root system so they will try to grow again.
6. Use an organic weed killer:
Organic weed killers will get rid of the dandelion by causing it to wilt and die but it is better to use these when you have a smaller garden as you do not want to be spraying over your entire lawn.
7. Pulling out the dandelions
This can often work but sometimes they come back due to their extensive root system which continues growing below ground. You can cut off the leaves, dig them up or pull them out too, but that just leaves room for more seeds to grow in future years so prevention is key!
8. Layer the ground with mulch to suppress new growth:
Mulch can be anything from wood-chip bark to weeds or even newspapers. It works by smothering the plant as it grows out of the ground. Mulch that has been in place at least a year does not need replacing and sending down roots for food during this time too so this is another bonus if you are creating an organic garden from scratch!
9. Do NOT spray chemicals
Spraying chemicals on them such as Round-Up as will kill any plants around it and will travel through the ground. It can also kill bees and other insects which are essential for pollinating vegetables and fruits.
10 Use Pesticides
When you spray pesticides on them, they usually come back but more sickly than before because there are no nutrients to support new growth in the dandelion root system so that is why it is important not to use chemicals.
Some people have reported using salt mixed with vinegar, trying to freeze them, or even cutting them off at ground level and stirring them into your soil as a natural way to get rid of dandelions. My favorite is simply pulling them out by hand, although I know this can be time-consuming if you have a big garden!
Once you have gotten rid of them, layer the ground with mulch, which will keep moisture in. Once a year mulch (even newspaper) does not need replacing and sending down roots for food during this time too so this is another bonus if you are creating an organic garden from scratch! It works by smothering the plant as it grows out of the ground.
Mulch that has been in place at least a year does not need replacing and sending down roots for food during this time too so this is another bonus if you are creating an organic garden from scratch! You can also spray vinegar onto dandelions which will kill their leaves and make it harder for them to get nutrients but will not kill their root system so they will try to grow again.
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Reference: How to Kill Dandelions in Lawns