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How to Treat and Control Dandelions

Posted on: April 12th, 2017

Everyone is getting outside to enjoy the warmer weather in Colorado. However, as soon as you begin to take in the blue sky, birds chirping and sun’s ray, you may start to notice dandelions popping out of your lawn.

Dandelions have little trouble growing in Colorado. But rest assured, Swingle is here to help you treat and control them before they become a big problem.

What are dandelions?

Dandelions are considered a broadleaf perennial capable of growing in almost any soil. This common weed has a long taproot that can grow several feet in the soil and emerges in the spring.

As the season progresses, so do dandelions. The yellow flower blooms into a white puffball containing dandelion seeds. The slightest breeze allows the seeds to travel throughout your neighborhood and spread into different areas of your lawn – making it challenging to completely eliminate dandelions altogether.

Dandelions typically “disappear” in the fall, but the long taproot allows it survive through the winter and cycle back to life in the spring. It’s important to remove both the plant and the root system so the cycle doesn’t continue.

How to Treat and Control Dandelions:

Spot Spray – Spot spraying with an herbicide designed to control broadleaf weeds is one of the most common methods for controlling dandelions. Keep in mind, homeowners should always read the manufacturer’s instructions and cautions before applying any product.

Thick and healthy lawn – Keeping your lawn thick and healthy is another way to keep dandelions and other weeds out of your lawn. The healthier your lawn is, the harder it is for weeds to germinate and grow.

Mowing – Mowing your lawn, consistently, has many benefits, but mowing over dandelions before they bloom can help prevent seeds from spreading across your lawn and neighborhood.

Hand Pulling – Hand pulling may seem like a solution, but it’s a tedious and time-consuming method for controlling dandelions. If you don’t remove the entire root, you will not only waste time, but you’ll be back to square one.

Summer is around the corner, so don’t let dandelions take over your yard. If you find yourself needing help treating weeds this year, contact Swingle for a no-cost evaluation.


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