Dandelions

dandelions in lawn

Genus: Taraxacum

Family:  Astaraceae

Flower:  Yellow, composite flower head made up of many tiny flowers called florets

Native to:  North America & Eurasia

dandelion puff ball

Type of weed:  Broadleaf

 

GreenGrass treats with:   post-emergent weed control.

 

Over-the-counter treatment:  we suggest finding a product that contains 2,4-D, or any other treatment that is labeled for dandelions or common broadleaf weeds. NOTE: Always read the product label to see what it controls, what you can put it on, and how to apply it.

 

Trivia:  The name “dandelion” comes from the French “dent-de-lion” meaning “tooth of the lion” or “lion’s tooth”, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves.  All of the dandelion plant is edible.  In fact, it’s completely nutritious!  Dandelion leaves are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, copper, thiamin, B6, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorus, and manganese.  (NOTE: Never eat stuff from your lawn if it’s been treated with herbicides.)

 

Dandelions are one of the most easily recognizable weeds in your lawn, due to the bright yellow flowers which turn to puffs of seed balls that blow all over your lawn and make new dandelions.  They also blow over from your neighbor’s lawn, or even the next neighborhood, so most people see a few in their yards every year, even if they have a lawn care service or treat their own lawns.  Dandelions are fairly easy to kill with a post-emergent weed control when they come up, but there is no pre-emergent for dandelions.

 

Pulling dandelions can be difficult due to the long taproot.  And if you leave a fraction of that root in the ground, they will come back.  

 

The 1st, 2nd and 6th applications of our program contain a blanket weed control for dandelions.  During the summer, we just spot spray them.