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I find common salt - you know the type you use for cooking - will kill a dandelion right down to the root - yes it leave you a white patch in your lawn, but that soon grows over!


  • Thanks PJ. I will try this.
  • I'll try the salt option too but plan to double up withg a feed and weed approach too. I'm Clive from Ipswich.
  • Salt-now thats a new one on me. Will try this as im overrun with them all over my garden, but I need to save a few for the guinea pigs!!
  • i will to try the salt approach though i have spent around 2 hours on my hands and knee's digging them out. im hoping the salt will kill any roots that may remain. thanks gav from
  • In the words of Mrs Beeton (about dandelions): Cut the tops off in the spring, and place a pinch of salt on the fresh wound.


    Thanks for all your tips above, I will be getting out there with the salt, any moment now...
  • Eat the dandelions, don't kill them! These plants are one of the first flowers in spring and the bees love them. The flowers are also edible and taste sweet and look good in salads. I cut the yellow petals off with a pair of scissors. The bitter leaves are also very good for you. If they are too bitter, add a oil and vinegar dressing to disguise the flavour. The roots make an excellent coffee. An all round good plant!
  • I have heard that jeyes fluid is very good for the soil when used in the autumn, is this right and how much do I use?
  • salt will kill them alright. it will also remain in the soil - it does not decompose -  and kill anything else. jeyes fluid will also render the soil sterile. the earth is our mother  in many different ways, treat her with respect, do not damage her.

  • dawjandawjan Posts: 3
    i think dandelions are ok, they are a good herb, and can be eaten, and good for the wild life, they should be left alone,keep them down by gathering them for salads and soups ext, full of vitimin c.
  • AirwavesAirwaves Posts: 82
    I too have found salt an ideal method of killing off dandelions, whether in lawn, borders or paving (until recentlyI had a neighbour who grew them because she liked the flower). Only a small amount of salt is needed and I find the salt cellar from my condiment set ideal to apply this
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