If you think about, there are a lot of weeds that are uglier than a dandelion, but no lawn lover ever wants to see that bright yellow head poking through the green. Even worse is when they turn white, and dandelion seeds are spread everywhere.
That’s the problem with dandelions. One or two may not seem like a big deal, but left to their own devices they proliferate rapidly. And with a root system that is considerably more extensive than your grass roots, they will soon drown out your lawn.
I recently met up with an old friend – Bob – who upon hearing about my business asked me to see about his lawn problems. So I took a ride out to his house and found a lawn on the brink of destruction by an overwhelming amount of dandelions.
In some cases, a home owner in this spot will simply trash the whole lawn and start from scratch. But when I threw this idea out to Bob, he scratched his very nicely trimmed beard for a minute, and then explained that he simply could not afford that. I made a mental tip to get some beard trimming tips (guy looks slick, gotta admit) from him when the job was complete, and got to work on killing the dandelions.
Ridding this lawn was going to take a few weeks, starting with the dandelions that were visible. These need to be sprayed one by one with a weed killer from the top to the bottom. Avoid pulling out the plant. Dandelion roots can go as far as 3 feet deep into the ground. If you don’t get the whole thing, you’ll just end up with more yellow flowers.
2 weeks later and went back to check on the progress. Most of the weeds were gone, and I did one more spray on the rest to get them out of the way too. I explained to Bob that if he did see the white flower, that he should pluck it off as carefully as possible and discard it before the seeds spread. We then talked about tips on getting his lawn back in shape, and how if he mowed at a higher setting, a thick green lawn would help to stop dandelions from being able to seed in the first place.
The roots will survive the coldest of winters, so it is important that dandelion prevention be kept up well into the fall.
Bob was incredibly happy with the new look of his lawn, especially the new patches of green that were taking over. I did not forget to get my own advice on that perfect beard. He told me that the secret was finding a great beard trimmer. Not much different than shopping for lawn mowers I suppose.