Dreaded Dandelions

Hello

Our front lawn faces a masive field of dandelions which are very attractive when in bloom but once the flowers die back all the seeds end up in our lawn. Have tried to dig them up but they appear faster then I can dig them up. Someone recommended applying vinegar but surley it would also kill the lawn. Can anyone suggest how I can eradicate the dreaded dandelions?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,784

    Hi image, In the spring you can apply a weed & feed type product (Evergreen Complete is one but there are others - make sure you select one which is for use in spring) which will fertilise the grass while killing off moss and broad-leaved weeds.  

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • LynLyn Posts: 8,416

    I used a fantastic weed,moss killer and lawn feed, Westland,  the grass was so lush it looked almost blue.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • all you need to do is get a good trowel and dig the root out ,a long task but worth it and if your in need of coffee you can use the roots or the leaves for salad.doing it by hand is cheaper(free) and no toxins involved .image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,784

    If you're going to do it by hand, (and that is perfectly possible no matter how many you have, it will just take time) the best tool to remove dandelion roots is a Daisy Grubber

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/daisy-grubber

    If you don't get the long tap root out one dandelion plant will turn into dozens without even having to have flowers and seeds!

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    There was an item about killing dandelions in a lawn on Gardeners' Question Time, this afternoon.  One tip was to make up some weedkiller and dab it on individual plants with an artists paintbrush.

    Dandelion roots can be over a foot long!

  • Hello Dovefromabove and Lyn

    Have tried weed and feed but found it would not kill dandelions. Will try it again in the Spring and hope for the best.In the mean time I will try digging them out with a Daisy Grubber eventhough it makes a mess of the lawn.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,784

    Hi Ahmadmirza - some of those dandelions can be tough, and of course getting the doseage of the weedkiller right is tricky.  I have a similar problem as when we moved here the gardens had been neglected for 20 years and now that I'm retired I have time to tackle it properly - this past year we've just been mowing to prevent the dandelions from seedng and infesting the neighbours' gardens.  

    I've got some weed and feed which I shall give a go in the spring.  In the meantime I shall do as you and use a Daisy Grubber - they do work once you get the knack - but it could mean several days on my hands and knees on the lawn - OH might have to haul me back to the vertical after that image 

    I know it makes a mess of the lawn, but if you do it in the winter, by the time you've fertilised it in the spring it'll soon perk up and the mess will be all gone.  In fact, while the lawn's looking a mess it might be a good idea to give it a good rake and spike it all over with a fork to aerate it - then it'll be fantastic next year. 

    Alternatively you can use the 'paintbrsh and glyphosate method', but you've still got to pull them out when they've gone brown. 

    Good luck image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Hello

    I have a similar problem, but its a neighbours garden. They rarely cut the grass and have loads of dandelions, but when they do cut the grass, all the dandelion matter goes up into the air and then settles in my garden. 

    Cutting your lawn regularly keeps the lawn weeds at bay, but I also paint the dandelion leaves with glyphosate. The one I bought had a little brush on the underside of the lid. 

  • Thanks Dovefromabove for summarizing what needs to be done to eradicate diandelions. It is a long time consumiing process but hopefully it will do the trick. Will get to work as soon as the weather permits.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,416

    Last year our grass was a yellow carpet but after using the Westland this spring, they were gone, never had one, however, i can see a few now, so next March it will get another lot on.  i found that that is the only brand that really worked.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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