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How to Get Rid of Dandelions

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 2 August , 2017

The fuzzy heads of dandelions are great for making wishes – especially if your wish is for a yard full of weeds. They can easily push out grass and other plants, and take water and nutrients from other surrounding plants.

In this issue, we’ll talk about different methods for getting rid of dandelions.

Do dandelions serve a good purpose?

There is some merit to the thought that their wide-spreading roots can help to loosen soil that’s been hard-packed. This form of aeration can help with reducing erosion, as well. Also, their deep taproot can pull nutrients from deep in the soil.

A broadleaf perennial, dandelions can grow in just about any soil, and they’re most abundant in full sunlight.

While they typically disappear in the fall, their taproot – which extends about 2-3 feet deep into the soil – will survive to begin the life cycle again in the spring.

How can I get rid of dandelions?

There are several effective methods to killing off dandelions. The main catch is that removal will have to be done each year because their seeds can travel for several miles in the wind.

Killing dandelions by pulling them up.

This can be especially tricky because the taproot is brittle and can easily fracture. Any portion of it that remains in the ground will regenerate.

If your mind is set on pulling them up, though, be sure to:

  • Water the lawn beforehand to loosen up the soil
  • With a knife or screwdriver, make an incision along the side of the taproot and try to pry up the weed

Killing dandelions by herbicide.

For this method, there are two types of herbicide:

  1. A selective broadleaf herbicide will only kill broadleaf weeds, like the dandelion
  2. A non-selective herbicide that will kill just about any plant it comes in contact with

Let someone else do the work; call Juniper Landscape Company!

Working in direct heat is nothing to play around with. That’s yet another reason why it makes sense to partner with a professional and licensed lawn service provider.

To see what we can do for your lawn, call us here at Juniper Landscape Company; our number is (619) 334-9464.


Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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