Dandelions are pretty little things to catch with your open palm and make a wish on, if you are a clueless little kid. But if you are an adult and you want to maintain a monochromatic weed-free lawn, then dandelions are serious enemies. They grow anywhere with their long stubborn roots and children help propagate them every day. For every wish a child makes while blowing out dandelions high into the air, a thousand dandelion seeds are propagated. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of these ubiquitous weed.
Preventing Dandelion Propagation
The corn gluten meal is a known organic non-toxic herbicide that prevents dandelions from growing in your rich green lawn. It is not dangerous to use, and it works well if you apply it less than two months before spring or the usual dandelion season. Once used, the herbicide will take effect for about five weeks. To keep your lawn safe from dandelions, re-apply the herbicide after every five or six weeks. Many garden shops sell organic herbicides for dandelions. Follow the labels and directions on the packs carefully.
Weeding Out Dandelions
Dandelions are persistent; so you have to be more persistent in getting rid of them. The trick is in getting the hang of removing its roots. Go to the nearest garden shop and ask for the tool that works best in digging into the roots of dandelions. Another option is to pour boiling water into or spraying vinegar on growing dandelions, both of which require too much effort but it is worth your energy if you really want to enjoy a perfectly green lawn.
Let The Kids Know The Truth
If you have children who are fond of dandelions, explain to them that dandelions are not helping your garden and they should help you get rid of them. Depending on how your kids enjoy “playing” and making wishes with dandelions, this could take some time, but you have to at least try.