If you love your lawn but not the weeds that come along with it, you need to find ways to kill them that don’t involve chemical pollutants. One of the most common weeds that we find growing in lawns across the country is dandelions, those bright yellow little flowers with strong leaves and root systems. This article will help you to understand the choices available to help you get rid of these troublesome weeds with all-natural methods.
When the dandelion flowers turn into the white puffs little kids love to blow on, you are in for big trouble! These seeds spread easily on the wind and can turn your whole lawn into a dandelion field quickly if you don’t stop them. Make sure to mow your lawn regularly to keep growth down and prevent any plants from turning to seed.
While employing methods to prevent them going to seed is a start, you will need more than that to kill the existing ones. Pulling them is one option, though this works best with young plants. You must remove all of the tap root or you will end up with a new plant growing in its place. There are special tools on the market that will make this easier and minimize the damage done to the surrounding grass.
Another option that you have for getting rid of the dandelion problem in your yard is to pour boiling water directly on the plant. This simple solution requires no money and a minimal investment of time. You need to use enough water to saturate the plant root and wait a few hours for the leaves to turn brown. Then, you can pull them up easily, roots and all!
If you have vinegar on hand as one of your natural cleaning products, you are in luck. You can coat your dandelions in it, getting the roots as well. To increase the effectiveness of this method, you can heat the vinegar or use it in the morning on what is forecast to be a hot day. Another way to make it more effective is to add some lemon juice and a bit of organic dish soap. The soap will help the mix adhere to the leaves while the lemon will hasten the reaction.
The effectiveness of these methods will depend on several factors. For instance, if you don’t get the root dealt with, you will have a recurring situation. None of them will leave any lasting chemicals or residue in your lawn, allowing you to enjoy a healthy lawn that is free of weeds and harsh chemicals. (That is why you want to use a natural dish soap for the last method!)
Take care of your lawn with these little tricks and continue to expand your knowledge of organic lawn care so you never have to worry about the kids or animals playing in your yard nor dealing with dangerous products yourself while caring for it!