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Old 04-15-2006, 06:15 PM  
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Default Best way to get rid of dandelions from the yard

I have about 100 dandelions in the front yard , and I recall last year going out and picking the weeds out of the grass, leaving holes where ever they were, and most of the time the root broke and so I knew it was coming back someday. What is everyones recommendation for getting rid of them. Is there a particular spray that will kill the weed and not the grass?
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Old 04-15-2006, 06:25 PM  
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Round-up in a cup. Brush it on if you don't want to kill the grass around it. Wear rubber or latex gloves! A spray bottle would be good if you're not too concerned with the grass around them. Try to get the Round-up on before it flowers. You will kill it before it seeds.



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Old 04-16-2006, 07:01 AM  
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Scotts Weed and Feed will kill out the broad leaf weeds and help your grass grow thicker and stronger.

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Old 04-16-2006, 07:44 AM  
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I agree with Weed & Feed-- kills the broadleaf weeds and feeds the grass. Roundup is good, but you spend much more time just to be sure it doesn't get on anything else-- it will kill everything green if it hits the leaves.

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Weed & Feed -- is this environmentally and children/pet safe? Aren't those products poison?

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if you read the back of the bag it will tell you how long it takes for this to be safe . i have dogs and i keep them off it for 1 week . if it does not rain 4 days after i put it down i water it for about 3 days before i let the dogs on it .

i also use weed b gone that you put in a spray can that goes on your hose .this is for when i do not want to feed the lawn but kill the weeds.
i have had a weed free lawn for 10 yrs and my neighbor hate me because they have nice yellow flowers in there lawn.

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Get some bottles...

Pick them rascals....

Sell them at Krogers for 2 bucks a bottle....

Put about 8 dandelions in each bottle....

I'm SERIOUS!! THEY ACTUALLY SELL THOSE THINGS!!!

ROTFLOL!!!


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I use WEED OUT or KILEX, depends which one the store has at treatment time. I have hundreds of those beautiful yellow flowers that seed on both sides of me (thanks nabours) and it works great and for the rest of the time I use scotts WEED and Feed. I only get the odd one now in the lawn but when I bought this house there were hundreds of them.

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I use WEED OUT or KILEX, depends which one the store has at treatment time. I have hundreds of those beautiful yellow flowers that seed on both sides of me (thanks nabours) and it works great and for the rest of the time I use scotts WEED and Feed. I only get the odd one now in the lawn but when I bought this house there were hundreds of them.
The trouble with Weed-N-Feed or any similar weed killer/fertilizer combination is that very little of the weed killer gets to the dandelion tap root to completely kill the plant. If you have flowers and ornamental trees in you yard, they will get a high dose of the Weed-N-Feed, and suffer as a result. Also children and pets will be exposed to a lawn spread over by chemicals.
Spot spraying with any non-selective herbicide like Roundup will not only kill the dandelion, but the grass as well, leaving you with dead spots all over your lawn.
Spot spraying with a weed killer designated for lawn use like Weed-B-Gon kills the top foliage, but the tap root usually survives, with a new healthy dandelion back in a few weeks.
So the solution I have found that works is a two step process which involves using both hands for a one-two punch.
In your right hand hold a "weed digger" (that fork shaped hand tool) to lift the dandelion plant and about 1/2 inch of the top of the tap root out of the ground.
In your left hand hold a plastic sprayer filled with Weed-B-Gon. Spray a little (less than a teaspoon) into that small hole that you just lifted the dandelion plant out of. All the weed killer is directed right at the tap root to kill it.
Yes, you'll also have to later go around and pick up the pulled dandelions, but the effect on your lawn will be immediate, before those yellow flowers have turned into the seed machines that will spread throughout your lawn.
An added benefit is that you've used a minimum amount of chemicals on the lawn.
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wow i've never thought of doing it that way! a sort of 'kill the beast from within' approach. i'll try it and let you know how it goes. lets just hope i don't kill all the grass again this time!



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