Some people think dandelions are attractive little flowers, while others dislike them intensely. Even if you do like a few flowers, you may change your mind when they take over your lawn. When you can no longer see the green grass that you work so hard to maintain, you’ll want to know how to get rid of dandelions. Here are a few easy steps you can take to keep your lawn free from these pesky little weeds.
1. Prevent Dandelion Growth
One easy way to prevent dandelions is to stop new dandelions from growing in your yard. If you remove the yellow flowers before they turn into seeds, it will curb their growth.
Adjust your lawn mower to cut off the dandelion heads. However, avoid cutting the grass too low. The grass should remain between 2 and 2 1/2 inches high. The grass needs to be at this height to block sunlight, so the dandelions do not continue to grow.
If you have children, teach them not to blow the seeded heads. While it can be quite entertaining to play with dandelion seeds, this pastime spreads their seeds and encourages dandelion growth.
2. Kill the Existing Dandelions
Preventing new dandelions is only one step. You also need to kill the plants that are already in your yard. There are two options for this, and you can choose the option that works best for you.
Pull them Out
Purchase a dandelion-removal tool from a local home and garden store. You can also find these tools online. They are available in a variety of styles. If your lawn is filled with dandelions, consider a tool with an extra-long handle. The job will be easier for you. However, short-handled tools are also available. It is not a difficult process to use these tools. The tool will remove the base of each dandelion, and the dandelion’s roots. When the roots are permanently removed, no other dandelion will grow in its place.
If you do not have time to use tools, or if it is too strenuous due to health issues, smothering the dandelions is the second option. When you want to kill dandelions, all you need to do is cut off their supply of sunlight. Without sunlight, they will die. You can use large plastic bags, sheets of plastic, or cardboard to cover the weeds. When they do not have access to sunlight, they will die within days.
3. Make Your Lawn Hazardous to Dandelions
Even when you have killed all of the yellow weeds, it is not a guarantee that new ones will not appear. You can greatly reduce the risk of new dandelions by making it difficult for the weeds to grow and thrive in your yard.
Because these weeds grow best in acidic soil, you can start by improving your soil with mulch and compost that is rich in nutrients. If the weeds do happen to grow in this nutrient-rich soil, they will be much easier to remove.
4. Home Remedies to Kill Dandelions
There are non-toxic home remedies that work when you want to rid your yard of dandelions. Try whichever remedy you prefer and works with your lifestyle.
- Boiling water will kill dandelions. If you only have a few, this can be an option. Pour the water directly over the weeds a couple of times every day. Soon the weeds will begin to wilt and die.
- Vinegar can be sprayed on the weeds. If you boil the vinegar down to a concentrate, it will work better. You can spray the weeds, but it is also best to spray and kill the roots.
- Cornmeal is an all-natural herbicide. Spread it on your lawn before the weeds start to grow in the spring. Reapply it every few weeks.
- Salt can kill dandelions. Place one tablespoonful at the weed’s base. If you have other plants in your yard, do not allow salt to touch them or they will also die.
Even if you are not bothered by a few dandelions, your opinion may change when you look at your lawn and dandelions are all you see. However, not only are these weeds invasive, but when they start to spread they spread rapidly, and they will choke off the grass.
If you do not want your beautiful lawn ruined by weeds, it is time to take action. Try one or more of these tips to kill your dandelion weeds, and you will be proud of your lovely green grass.