Getting rid of dandelions in the lawn

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  1. petrolhead

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    I seem to have a lot of dandelions in the lawn.

    Can anyone recommend a product that will kill them but not the grass, that works :)

    Also any advise on a tool to manually remove them please?
     
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    I have been looking at this recently as although the grass has been restrained as far a growth is concerned with the hot weather the weeds have flourished. Anyway came on this which gives a bit of a choice.
    How to Get Rid of Dandelions in a Lawn
     
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    After watching this some time ago I no longer worry about dandelions in my gardens any more. The wonder of nature, blah, blah, blah...

    Time lapse Dandelion flower to seed head


    ...well that's my excuse anyway.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    fiskar weed puller is brilliant, nroamlly pulls out the full root and sometimes with a chunk of grass but just plug it back upwith grass plug
     
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    I have a tool a neighbour made and gave to me, for lifting dandelion plants. It has a head shaped like a spade, but only about 5cm across. Though dandelions growing aren't a problem, they're a useful dietary supplement for my daughter's two bunnies.
     
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    Realistically I don't think you can.

    We struggle a lot with our back garden as it backs onto woodland - so we get all sorts of wild plant seeds, we have overgrown oaks that suck the water from our garden, shade it and dump leaves on it during autumn and winter.

    We only get 2-3 years out of a lawn no matter how much attention we give it - fed up of buying a new lawn few years so next time seriously considering artificial.

    The only way we found to tackle dandelions was to pull them - have to get in quick before the seed head develops otherwise you just spread it around. Used to use a knife but then went for a weed puller.

    That works fine but you have to ask yourself where are they coming from - if they are coming in from neighbours or nearby fields then you can't stop them, just deal with them when they appear.. It just became an endless task for us - the pullers leave sizeable holes that need to be filled. And it would be fine, and genuinely removed, but within days there would be more in different locations.

    We were fighting a losing battle.

    Hopefully your issue is more controllable.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    Rabbits
     
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    May I suggest?

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    I just use a standard cutlery knife, push down alongside the root, angle, twist and pull up with the knife and root together. Trick learnt from my gardening mother. Dirt cheap and doesnt leave much of a hole
     
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    I just leave them. The bees love them. Stop killing the bees. Monster. :(
     
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    Get a goat.

    And then, once he’s eaten them all, make him into curried goat.
     
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    Waiting for the quote from Aliens ........

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    nuke em from space,its the only way to be sure.:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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    any broad leaf weed killer should kill the weeds but not the grass
     
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    Cut your lawn ;)
     
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    I use long handled shears, angle them at about 45 degrees and cut into the grass so it but the tap root about two inches down.
    Very quick in fact quicker than pratting about with weekkiller.
     
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    I use a long screwdriver, but you must make sure you get the whole root out. If you snap the root the dandelion just grows again.
     
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    Our tip is a guniea pig in an outside run moved daily,she loves the dandelions and keeps the grass down too !
     

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