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Outbacker 04-15-2006 07:46 PM

Dandelion invasion
 
I have about 100 dandelions in the front yard [IMG] , and I recall last year going out and picking the weeds out of the grass, leaving holes where ever they were, and most of the time the root broke and so I knew it was coming back someday. What is everyones recommendation for getting rid of them. Is there a particular spray that will kill the weed and not the grass?
Thanks.

johnlvs2run 04-15-2006 11:42 PM

I did the same for awhile and also with a dandelion look alike. Each time I dug them out it took a week or two for them to come back.

Then I noticed that after I mowed it still took a week or so for the flowers to come back up again, and no seeds.

So now I just make sure to mow them down right away, which takes care of the problem and much easier than before. I've been doing this the last couple of years and now there are no more of them in the yard.

Related to this I want to put in a big plug for using a corded mower. I always hated to mow the lawn and refused to use a gas mower. A neighbor told me to get a corded one, but first I had a push mower, a battery powered model which was horenduously heavy, and another push mower, then finally getting a corded one. The first time I tried it the grass in the back yard was a foot high and thick green but I was able to push the mower right through with one hand, tossing the cord to the side with the other... Wow! Now mowing the lawn is kind of fun and I don't mind doing it any more. :)

Trishl 04-17-2006 12:26 PM

I belive "Round-Up" makes a selective product that is safe for grass but kills the weeds.

Teetorbilt 04-17-2006 01:14 PM

Here is something that I picked up a while back.

You'll need a dowel, lid off of a can of spray paint, cheap kitchen sponge and a screw about 2" long.

Cut the sponge to fit inside of the lid. Drill a hole through the center of the lid to fit the body of the screw, you may want to drill a starter hole in the end of the dowel as well to keep it from splitting. Put the screw through the center of the sponge, then through the hole in the lid and into the dowel.

Wet the sponge with Round-Up and you have a handy little dabber that will put the Round-Up just where you want it. There is no overspray, so it is good for windy days and you can move it through your plantings and hit just what you want dead.

didn'tdoit 04-17-2006 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Teetorbilt
Here is something that I picked up a while back.

You'll need a dowel, lid off of a can of spray paint, cheap kitchen sponge and a screw about 2" long.

Cut the sponge to fit inside of the lid. Drill a hole through the center of the lid to fit the body of the screw, you may want to drill a starter hole in the end of the dowel as well to keep it from splitting. Put the screw through the center of the sponge, then through the hole in the lid and into the dowel.

Wet the sponge with Round-Up and you have a handy little dabber that will put the Round-Up just where you want it. There is no overspray, so it is good for windy days and you can move it through your plantings and hit just what you want dead.

Great item. thanks for sharing.


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