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Old 05-09-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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best way to tackle dandi lions {SP" yeah i know i spelled it wrong , right now i have a ton of these weeds they have the yellow tops on them can i take a weedwacker to them ? or do i need to do something else . i have about 3.5 acres so i have lots of them scatterd around and cant really afford to do the best thing . if i chop them up now will that kill the eventual ceeds ? or should i get some poison and try spraying them.

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You've got three options:
1. Poison them directly with round-up - results in brown spots in lawn until the grass fills in.

2. Put down a pre-emergent treatment. This stops the seeds from germinating. DO NOT do this within four months of putting down grass seed.

3. Remove them physically.

- Yes, cutting off the tops will stop seed formation. But those suckers will grow six inches overnight, unless you really really like weed-wacking. Warning: once the seed head is pollenated it can make seeds even if you cut it off before it opens, so if you cut white ones off you have to remove them.

- Pull them out. They have a long taproot that has to be removed entirely or they will just come back. 3+ acres may be too big to recommend this. However, I did pull every single darn one out of my front yard which is the better part of 1/2 an acre. Took me 10-12 hours with a weed-pulling tool. It was nice low effort work (physically and mentally).

Good luck. You could just learn to like them.....

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ok, i will just mow them and hope the bagger gets most of it picked up and live with them . i have gophers , moles , dandilons, moss, and areas that need black dirt . plus i have about 30 tall pine trees i have to rake up needles constantly . oh the country life.
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As far as I'm concerned I don't care if it's a weed.... so long as it's green.

Too bad my sweet husband has other aspirations. So this year I have put down, fertilizer, 200 lbs of grass seed, limestone, and topsoil. Grub killer is up for next month.

At least we've had enough rain this year so far that I haven't needed to water.
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You've got three options:
1. Poison them directly with round-up - results in brown spots in lawn until the grass fills in.

2. Put down a pre-emergent treatment. This stops the seeds from germinating. DO NOT do this within four months of putting down grass seed.

3. Remove them physically.
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and if you remove them physically (by hand) you can make dandelion wine!!
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and if you remove them physically (by hand) you can make dandelion wine!!
I've missed an opportunity to homebrew! Do provide details....
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Gawd, it's been so many years since I've had any (and even then it was some my dad made), I can't remember how to make it and if it was really any good.

anyway, that uses the flowers. Then, if you are into southern cuisine, the greens are said to be edible. They can be eaten raw (salad is the typical use) or cooked like you would with collard or mustard greens (or really any of the "greens"). I guess even the root is edible although I have never eaten dandelion root.
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ok ,so earlier this week i mowed them down before they turned white tops ceeds , now a week later they regrew another yellow top but this time the top was closer to the ground and harder to mow. might have to try some spray next time , these things are allover everyones yard so i dont feel so bad .
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well, you can take a different perspective:


there are pretty flowers all over your yard and you didn't even have to plant them.
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I use Scotts products and have gotten complete control of Dandelions and other weeds in the lawn.

Weed-B-Gone is good for getting the lawn under control. I used the concentrated in a hose end sprayer and covered the entire lawn the first year I was here.

Once you get control, it's not too difficult to maintain. I like using a 5 step fertilizer regimen.
1 Scotts with Halts crabgrass control
2 Scotts with Plus 2 broadleaf weed control
3 Scotts Summergard with insect control
4 Scotts with Fall weed control
5 Scotts Winterizer fertilizer

This is my lawn this year, while the neighbors yards were covered with Dandilions.
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and if you remove them physically (by hand) you can make dandelion wine!!
Ok nap where you hiding the still?
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There's a great restaurant about 5 miles from me that hosts an annual dandelion festival. I've never been there, but apparently it's a hit with much of the community.

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There's a great restaurant about 5 miles from me that hosts an annual dandelion festival. I've never been there, but apparently it's a hit with much of the community.
Hit huh? The only thing I have ever done with dandelions was when I was a kid I used to rub them on my forehead to leave a yellow spot while playing cowboys and Indians. I was the Indian.
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The dandy lions see me coming with the lawn tractor so they just lie down. When the mower is put away, they pop up again. I could swear they are laughing. Here in Ontario all those weed n' feed products have been banned. The sea of yellow is greater every year. I say learn to live with them or slowly go insane

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