When trees, shrubs and lawns emerge from winter unfortunately, so have the stubborn weeds, which often plague a property. One of the most common broadleaf weed the dandelion.
Many people are not aware that they are in fact edible and very nutritious. They contain Vitamin A, E, K, B6, B2, B1, and C and can make a wonderful addition to your salad.
But for most homeowners they’re nothing but a nuisance weed.
What are dandelions?
Dandelions are considered a broadleaf perennial capable of growing in almost any soil found in a lawn. This common weed has a very long taproot that can grow several feet in the soil and emerge in the spring.
As the season progresses, so will dandelions. The yellow flower blooms into a white puffball containing the dandelion seeds. The slightest breeze allows the seeds to travel through the air and spread into different areas of your lawn and around the neighborhood. This makes it challenging to completely eliminate dandelions altogether.
Dandelions typically will disappear in the fall in Hinckley Ohio, but the long taproot allows it to survive through the winter and come back to life in the spring. It is important to remove both the plant and the entire root system so the cycle does not continue.
Although there are plenty of ways to treat and combat dandelions on your property.
Spot spraying with a herbicide designed to control broadleaf weeds is one of the most common methods for controlling dandelions in the lawn. Keep in mind, homeowners should always read the manufacturer’s instructions and cautions before applying any weed control product. Proper mixing is vital for an accurate application that will work effectively and not harm the turf grass.
A thick and healthy lawn – Keeping your lawn thick and healthy is another way to keep dandelions and other weeds out of your turf. The healthier your lawn is, the more difficult it is for weeds to germinate and grow.
Mowing over dandelions before they bloom can help prevent dandelion seeds from spreading across your lawn and neighborhood.
Hand pulling may seem like a solution, but it’s a tedious and time-consuming method for controlling dandelions that generally does not work. If you do not remove the entire root system, you will not only waste time, but you’ll be back to square one.
If you need help controlling dandelions in your lawn feel free to contact Akron Canton Lawn Care for a free quote in Hinckley OH.