Dandelions got you down?
This week's gardening question comes from Goose.
After you stop at Mr. Pip's you could come on over to Utah and lend a hand. MOM is having a terrible time with dandelions. Yes she put on the fertilizer and pr-emergent. But still they keep popping up. I have no idea how to help her (except to dig them). What would you do?Blessings,
Well Goose. Dandelions and all broad leafed weeds can be eradicated with herbicides....
Most weed and feeds for lawn or just weed killers for lawn, have the herbicide 2,4-D which is highly effective for broad leaf weeds like dandelions and clover. Remember that pre-emergents are for killing seeds that have not sprouted yet (like in your flowerbeds), but post emergents are for killing existing weeds, so make sure you are using the right stuff.
But, if you are like us and trying to keep your yard chemical free...what to do?
These weeds look like dandelions, but are called "Cats Ears"!
Some lawn weeds can be dug out. But most lawn weeds have those long carrot like roots...DRAT!
There are organic lawn weed and feeds on the market. Most use chelated iron as the active ingredient. (Lawn Weed Killer from Whitney Farms or Iron X from Gardens Alive)
If you don't have too many dandelions. Try taking out the boiling tea kettle and pouring hot water on each dandelion. If you keep that up..they will probably die..hee hee!
If all else fails, embrace the weeds and call it "Fleur de Lawn".
It's all the rage in Oregon!!