Stop dandelions as soon as you see them. If you do not kill or remove them before they flower and go to seed, they will continue to spread across your lawn.
Although kids may love them, gardeners and lawn care enthusiasts everywhere consider the dandelion public enemy number one. It’s one of the most frustrating weeds. They spread easily and quickly, they crowd out other plants and grass and a single plant can produce thousands of seeds.
One dandelion becomes ten. Ten become a hundred. Left untreated, dandelions will be happy to take over your yard and crowd out all your grass with their leaves that spread outward.
So how do you prevent dandelions from taking over?
Have a healthy lawn
Dandelions will thrive in poor soil. If you nourish your lawn with proper fertilization and lawn care, it makes it harder for dandelions to thrive.
Remove or kill dandelions as soon as you spot them
Every dandelion flower can produce between 54-172 seeds. A single plant can produce dozens of flowers. It’s essential to get to the flowers as soon as possible so they don’t have a chance to seed. Once they go to seed then it’s a much harder battle to win.
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Mow frequently but not too low
If you mow the plants before they flower, you prevent them from spreading seeds. You don’t want to mow the grass very low though. Keeping the grass slightly higher keeps the soil cooler and provides shade that restricts the growth of seeds germinating into new weeds.
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Don’t fertilize in summer months
The best times to fertilize are in the spring and fall. By fertilizing in hot summer months, you help feed the weeds at the time they need it most.
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