Trees, shrubs and lawns have finally emerged from their winter slumber and are showing signs of life.
Unfortunately, so have the stubborn weeds from last season, which often plague one’s property come the spring. One of the most common (and prolific) is known as the dandelion.
Many individuals are not aware that they are in fact edible and nutritious. As long as they are herbicide and chemical free, they are jam-packed with Vitamin A, E, K, B6, B2, B1, and C and make a wonderful addition to your summer salads.
But for most homeowners and property managers, they’re nothing but a nuisance.
So, what are dandelions?
Dandelions are considered a broadleaf perennial capable of growing in almost any soil. This common weed has a long taproot that can grow several feet in the soil and emerges in the spring.
As the season progresses, so do dandelions. The yellow flower blooms into a white puffball containing dandelion seeds. The slightest breeze allows the seeds to travel through the air and spread into different areas of your lawn (and your neighbors) – making it challenging to completely eliminate dandelions altogether.
Getting rid of dandelions
Dandelions typically “disappear” in the fall, but the long taproot allows it to survive through the winter and cycle back to life in the spring. It’s important to remove both the plant and the root system so the cycle doesn’t continue.
But fear not, there are plenty of ways to treat and combat pesky dandelions on your property.
Spot Spray – Spot spraying with an herbicide designed to control broadleaf weeds is one of the most common methods for controlling dandelions. Keep in mind, homeowners should always read the manufacturer’s instructions and cautions before applying any product.
Thick and healthy lawn – Keeping your lawn thick and healthy is another way to keep dandelions and other weeds out of your lawn. The healthier your lawn is, the harder it is for weeds to germinate and grow.
Mowing – Mowing your lawn, consistently, has many benefits, but mowing over dandelions before they bloom can help prevent seeds from spreading across your lawn and neighborhood.
Hand Pulling – Hand pulling may seem like a solution, but it’s a tedious and time-consuming method for controlling dandelions. If you don’t remove the entire root, you will not only waste time, but you’ll be back to square one.
For more information on battling dandelions on your landscape, contact SavATree today!