Organic and Pre-Emergent Solutions for a Pristine Lawn
Make a wish! As early spring arrives, so does the dandelion. Our playful selves want to pull one of those fuzzy little balls filled with weed seeds from the ground and blow those dandelion seeds into the atmosphere while making a wish. But those fuzzy little balls called pappus, accompanied by the pretty bright yellow flowers will wreak havoc to your lawn.
Dandelions Growing: Ways of Controlling
Dandelion flowers are broadleaf weeds which are not easy to get rid of. A fully established dandelion has ten inch dandelion taproots which causes the weed to resurface year after year. In order to get rid of dandelion, first you must get rid of the root. A healthy lawn does not want these pesky perennials. Dandelion plants will push out your grass. In addition, a dandelion plant takes water and nutrients away from plants. As the seeds of the pappus blow through the air the weed spreads far and wide.
The best way to kill dandelions is to control them annually. Eliminating dandelions with a selective broadleaf herbicide will remove the yellow flowers in your lawn without killing the grass. For other areas where you need to get rid of dandelions, a non-selective herbicide will be more effective for spot removal in areas such as cracks in sidewalks or flower beds.
At Terra lawn Care Specialist, our weed control service uses a pre-emergent herbicide application in the spring and late fall on your lawn that prevents weeds before they can germinate. Dandelion seedlings and dandelion sprouts will not return to your lawn with the help of Terra. The dandelion population in your lawn will be a thing of the past. The fluffy seed heads will be gone, but not the grass.
Natural Dandelion Control Methods
No one likes toxic chemicals. Dandelion seeds spread like wildfire and soon the entire plant will take over your lawn. Corn Gluten Meal is organic fertilizer that feeds the soil and may help minimize new weed germination. Corn Gluten Meal is an excellent slow-release natural fertilizer and it contains 9% Nitrogen as a protein.
Weed killer and natural herbicides if used correctly will get rid of these perennial weeds and prevent dandelions from re-emerging. But if you prefer the natural way to kill dandelions there are some options. But, don’t forget, it’s not easy and they will return year after year. Dandelion seeds are spread by wind and no lawn or planting bed is safe from those bright yellow flowers invading.
Here are some manual ways you can effectively get rid of dandelions in early spring or whenever they appear:
1. Dig Them Up
2. Use Acetic Acid
3. Flaming Dandelions
5. Mow The Lawn
Dandelions Have Natural Predators
Dandelions are an important diet of many insects. The honeybee, bumblebee, bald-faced hornet and the wasp use dandelions as a food source. Grasshoppers, mites, fireflies and butterflies also consume dandelions.
Rabbits, including the eastern cottontail can be found in your yard feasting on the common dandelion.
White-tailed deer are also consumers of dandelions.
Birds love a tasty dandelion. The seeds are eaten by many species of bird. They include the American goldfinch, northern bobwhite, wild turkey and white-throated sparrow.
Lets not forget about human consumption. Dandelions can be a food source to humans too. They have great nutritional value and can be used in a salad or as a cup of dandelion tea.
Professional Dandelion Control Services: Why Choose Us
Terra Lawn Care Specialist are experts in dandelion control. You can spend hours exhausting yourself trying to manually get rid of dandelions, but it will be difficult to prevent dandelions from returning to your lawn. Our service will save you the time and effort and guarantee a weed free lawn. Contact Terra for a consultation or quote. We are located at 3481 Germantown Pike in Collegeville, PA. Call today 610-275-2170.