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Old 05-04-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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First off, I'm a total newb when it comes to landscaping. I did end up buying a tractor last month, but that's about it.....and I did lay winter fert last fall. Anyways, can anything be done to help stop this? I mowed Friday (not too low) and already they recovered

Any advice? Any product out there that will help?

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Old 05-04-2010, 09:53 PM   #2
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Winter fertilizer is usually just that - fertilizer
You need the spring Feed & weed stuff
I've been doing my front lawn for several years with the 1st 2 Scotts Spring treatments & see a lot less weeds

My front & 1 side yard are very small
So I also do some weeding by hand

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Old 05-04-2010, 11:16 PM   #3
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I agree with what Scuba Dave says about using the Scotts 1 & 2 fertilizers with the weed controll

For the current situation maybe try Ortho Weed-B-Gone spray. I haven't personally used it because I used the Scotts, but a friend of mine had a weed/dandelion issue and used it - he said it worked well. There are other similar products you can get. Check home depot or similar store - they have a ton of weed control spray products right now.
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I mowed my lawn on friday and bagged all the clippings. Next day there were dandilions sprouted up and right now they look horrible. Gonna cut and bag them tonight. I'm clueless as far as lawn treatments are concerned so I'm anxious to hear what the experts suggest.
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Dandelions can & will push up a flower the day after you mow
You need to kill the weed or destroy its ability to grow - even Temp
I use this tool to pull them up
They have a long tap root & will still grow if you don't get all the root
But to grow it then uses that root "energy" to get back to the surface/sun
So if you again pull the new weed the next root is even smaller
Eventually the root dies

The best way to prevent dandelions is to have a thick filled in lawn
But my front lawn is in good condition & I still get some every year

I have 1/2 acre lot, not a huge lawn due to addition, 2nd driveway, stream/wooded area, gardens & pool area


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Dandelions can & will push up a flower the day after you mow
You need tyo kill the weed or destroy its ability to grow - even Temp
I use this tool to pull them up
They have a long tap root & will still grow if you don't get all the root
But to grow it then uses that root "energy" to get back to the surface/sun
So if you again pull the new weed the next root is even smaller
Eventually the root dies

The best way to prevent dandelions is to have a thick filled in lawm
But my front lawn is in good condition & I still get some every year

I have 1/2 acre lot, not a huge lawn due to addition, 2nd driveway, stream/wooded area, gardens & pool area


Stainless dandelion weeder with wooden handle


Thanks Dave. On my acre, using that tool might drive me nuts
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Dandelions can be beneficial to a garden ecosystem as well as to human health. Dandelions attract beneficial ladybugs and provide early spring pollen for their food.(1,2) In a study done at the University of Wisconsin, experimental plots with dandelions had more ladybugs than dandelion free plots, and fewer pest aphids, a favorite food of the ladybugs.(2) Dandelions long roots aerate the soil and enable the plant to accumulate minerals,(3) which are added to the soil when the plant dies.

Not only are dandelions good for your soil, they are good for your health. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a serving of uncooked dandelion leaves contains 280 percent of an adult's daily requirement of beta carotene as well as more than half the requirement of vitamin C. Dandelions are also rich in vitamin A.(4, 5)

Dandelions are also used as herbal remedies. The white sap from the stem and root is used as a topical remedy for warts. The whole plant is used as a diuretic and liver stimulant.(6) http://www.pesticide.org/dandelions.html
cultivate the buggers =p ironically enough - my backyard is COVERED in them, but when I tried to seed a few in a pot in the front i get nothing... /sigh

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they are also a good salad green with lots of vitamin C
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When we were kids we had a neighbor who made wine
He used to pay us to go & pick them in buckets & bring them to him
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Mow just a little closer than usual. This is basically to get more of the grass out of the way so you can get better coverage onto the weeds. Get a broadleaf spray, not the granular product. Something that says "kills the weeds, not the lawn." Use when the weeds are not under stress. If you have had rain recently, this would be a good time. Or irrigate a day or two before. The label will tell you to apply "when weeds are actively growing." Apply to dry lawn.
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I have over an acre of front lawn alone, and I live in the country were there's weeds everywhere. The best thing I did was hire a company to spray & fertilize twice a year. It was costing me almost as much to do 2 apps. of the Scott system myself as what I pay for this guy to do it. The results are huge as well, not a single dandelion in my front yard after the first 2 years of his work. The other side of the driveway, 12' away, is full of dandelions though.
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I have over an acre of front lawn alone, and I live in the country were there's weeds everywhere. The best thing I did was hire a company to spray & fertilize twice a year. It was costing me almost as much to do 2 apps. of the Scott system myself as what I pay for this guy to do it. The results are huge as well, not a single dandelion in my front yard after the first 2 years of his work. The other side of the driveway, 12' away, is full of dandelions though.
How much did it cost to have the lawn cared for twice/year?
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I used Ortho last fall for both front and back...I then spread fescue 3 wks later..

I did not get one dandelion on either lawn this spring and the lawn is looking great!

I will do the same this fall...

Good luck! Dandelions suck!!
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How much did it cost to have the lawn cared for twice/year?

About $400.00 IIRC, I was spending $80 for the fert alone for one app, with little results.

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