A tiny yellow flower with fluffy seeds named dandelion may be a cause of irritation if they pop up in your garden. Dandelions are perennial weeds, spread by seeds that are wind-blown. They invade space and compete for nutrients with other wanted plants.
If you are a gardener, then pulling out dandelions is a name of war. But if you know some easy and effective tips, then it’s a doodle for you. In this article, I will provide some tricky ideas about how to pull out dandelions. So, why late? Let’s dive in.
How to pull out dandelions? – A Quick Overview
Are you getting tired of pulling dandelions by hand with unsatisfactory results? Do your dandelions just keep coming back? If so, how about using a specialized weed removal tool?
As its taproot is so deep into the soil, almost 6 -18 inches long, that’s why pulling out is not an easy task. Digging and pulling using handheld tools, or using herbicides are the most effective way to remove dandelions.
Different handheld tools are designed specifically for pulling out dandelions. And if you want to do this job without any effort, then you can use herbicides in your lawn or garden.
- Long Handled Tools
- Short Handled Tools
- Weed Knife
- Watering Can
- Weeding Burner Torch
- Natural Weed Killer
- Pre Emergent Herbicides
Using Long-Handled tools
You will be most successful at managing dandelions and other weeds if you dig them out when they are young. For dandelions, be sure that you have removed the whole plant including the taproot since regrowth can occur.
If 1 inch of taproot remains, it will be coming back to your garden. When choosing the tools for use, firstly consider how much effort is required.
Long-handled tools require less bending over and time on your knees. Handheld tools might give you more control and allow you to get your hands dirty which many gardeners enjoy.
A long-handled tool that received much popularity is known as Grandpa’s tool. It is designed to step on a lever rock the handle forward to clamp onto the weed then gently pull out.
Shovel like tool
Some tools look and act as slim shovels. It allows you to get the taproot to easily remove the whole weed. After removing the weed, return the chunk of soil and stop it down.
Nail like tines with a plunger
One long-handled tool we like is designed with nail-like tines that go into the soil to grab the weeds and a retractable plunger that shoots the weed off the end for easy disposal.
The only drawback of these tools is that they take a large divot out of the area where the weed is removed. Topdressing or fill may be required to replace the hole left behind
Small Handled Tools
The small handled weeding tools are designed specifically to remove dandelions. Styles, grips, costs, and effectiveness vary greatly.
Some have a forked end that helps grab the base of the dandelion to pull out the entire plant. Others lack a fork but have designs that allow you to get deep into the soil to loosen the taproot for easy removal.
Some styles feature a curve between the fork and the handle for leverage. Again, it is important to remove all or as much of the taproot as possible. Even with the best tools, this can be difficult when the soil is compacted or dry.
Though removing dandelions is easier by spraying chemicals, removing them by hand is safe for other essential plants and also for children.
As most of the people like to skip harmful chemicals like herbicides and prefer the natural route like using handheld tools, you can choose any of these methods and weed out the dandelions.
To pull out easily, firstly you have to moist the soil by using a watering can for dampening soil around dandelions. Then wait for a few minutes for moisturizing and use the knife for easy pulling out.
Using a Weeding Burner Torch
The flame of this burner torch can burn up the upper portion of dandelions. After burning, the yard seems to have been attacked by somebody violently. But you have to be careful about your yard that may be burn up with the dandelions
Pouring boiled water on the dandelions
If you pour boiled water several times a mean solar day into the dandelions, then after 2 or 3 days it will die. But while pouring, be careful about other plants and grasses.
Most of the natural herbicides are non-selective which means it kills the plants randomly. To avoid the contact of other plants or grasses you have to use it much carefully.
The herbicides you are using either homemade or commercial only pour it on the hole from where you have pulled out the dandelions which will hinder the regrowth of the weed.
Using Pre-emergent herbicides
After digging, there is loose soil and hole in your lawn that is more susceptible for regrowth of dandelions. In that case, you can fill the hole using harmful herbicides which will discourage the regrowth of dandelions.
But if you expect to have grass or other plants in that area then you have to avoid this method.
After the war of pulling up dandelions, you have to take time to strengthen the lawn which will not be susceptible to weed intrusion. For the best lawn care, follow the standard practices.
- Infrequent watering but deeply to give access for the deep and strong root.
- One-third of the length has to cut while using blades
- Proper fertilizing according to the grass type
Most people prefer using handheld tools rather than using toxic chemicals. Though it requires efficiency in handling different tools and much effort, it’s a comparatively safe way.
The yellow flowered dandelions may be a reason for your happiness when they appear in your garden or lawn for the first time. But with time , you will be disgusted and have to find a suitable way to eradicate them.
Hopefully, you have got a clear concept on how to pull out dandelions from your lawn. So, why late? Choose the best one and enjoy a healthier and charming garden or lawn!