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Old 05-01-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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I bought a house in Shakopee MN 4 months ago. My yard is completely filled with dandelions now, since winter is over. I used Scotts fertilizer with weed control in late March. I sprayed the the lawn with Bayer weed control twice. My yard is still completely filled with dandelions. I even bought a weed puller and manually pulled them out. After 20hrs of that and a 1/4 of the yard done I need a different solution. My yard is only 1/2acre..

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My wifes best dandelion slayer. We have no dandy's front or back lawns.


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No knee work needed. It has the same handle as a garden hoe. Stand up straight, raise the dandys foilage until you find the center root, shove the tool down under the ground a couple of inches and shear the dandys main root then twist the handle and pop it out of the ground. Save old shopping plastic bags to stuff the dandys in. ...

Takes a lot of dandy work the first summer usually, but each summer gets less dandys and then its just a few dandys to pop out in the spring. A lot depends on how well the neighbors control their dandys.
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March was kind of late this year to be putting stuff down. They should be about ready to go away. This year, Mid to Late Jan. was more in line with putting down Pre-Emergant & Weed Control, along with Bug Control. Go to your local Ace Hardware and either pick up their brand of Weed Control, or go to Lowe's or Home Depot and pick up Bayer's brand. Best is the pellet, due to the liquid stuff, people tend to not take their time to do the lawn slow enough, so it will work properly. If you use the pellet weed control, make sure that you either lightly water the grass, or do it right after it rains, as long as it was not pouring buckets before hand, and you have standing water in places.

This year has just been weird. I need to put more weed & bug control down next week, which for me, I usually do not do the second treatment until July or August. Again, this year has been odd, and Spring actually started in January, not Mid march like it should have.
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I bought a house in Shakopee MN 4 months ago. My yard is completely filled with dandelions now, since winter is over. I used Scotts fertilizer with weed control in late March. I sprayed the the lawn with Bayer weed control twice. My yard is still completely filled with dandelions. I even bought a weed puller and manually pulled them out. After 20hrs of that and a 1/4 of the yard done I need a different solution. My yard is only 1/2acre..
Any 2,4d product - mixed properly - will knock them down. Lots of brand names to choose from, but it's the same active ingredient.

Don't depend on stuff like "Turf Builder Plus." It won't do the job.

Buy the concentrate, mix it with water, and spray it on. Don't get it on your flowers, because 2,4d kills broadleaf plants.
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My wifes best dandelion slayer. We have no dandy's front or back lawns.

Agreed, those work well. However, some of mine get quite big before I can tackle them, and removing them can leave a bare spot and a hole. Now as I remove them I carry small containers of soil and seed with me so I can 'repair' the areas all in one step.

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A lot depends on how well the neighbors control their dandys.
Tell me about it. Funny how 95% of my dandelions are on one half of my lawn - the half by my lazy, rather-be-partying next door neighbors whose entire yard is infested.
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Ortho Weed be Gone.Applied according to label directions.


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^ The Ortho Weed B Gone is only 13% 2,4d - which is fine, but you can get much more potent concentrate for less money elsewhere.

To the OP... If you have a TSC Store near you, go there. You'll pay half the price for better herbicide than you can get at places like Home Depot.
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Amine 400 at TSC is about as good as it gets for broadleaf weeds like dandy's. I used it three years straight and now I am clear as can be every year since.
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Amine 400 at TSC is about as good as it gets for broadleaf weeds like dandy's. I used it three years straight and now I am clear as can be every year since.
Indeed.

Just stay away from the Ester, unless you want to have all your neighbors royally POd at you!
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Not familiar. Why would it po the neighbors?
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Not familiar. Why would it po the neighbors?
It's very volatile, and "drifts" badly. Spray Ester in the evening, and it could kill all the flowers within a block radius or more.
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http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Weasel-.../dp/B0026WEA6A

Work great, leaves a very small hole, and get the whole root out.

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