Types of Dandelions
More than 250 species of dandelions have been discovered, and you may find it hard to tell the difference between types of dandelion plants unless you’re a botanist. Here are some of the kinds of Dandelions we have come up with;
Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
This kind of dandelions is of bright yellow color. They can be seen to grow along the streets and along the river banks as well as the lawns. This type of dandelions is known to be medicinal and it also used for dishes. Though the might look evasive in the lawns but they are of high value since it can be used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.)
Red-seeded dandelion (Taraxacum erythrospermum)
This type of dandelions looks just like the common ones but is a bit different because of its reddish stems. It can be found in parts of Europe and also North America.
The Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz)
It is widely seen in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan’s mountain regions. It is also called the rubber root; the leaves are known to be thicker with a grayish tint. Surprisingly, the plant is used as an alternative source for rubber, that’s because the roots of the plants have a higher rubber composition.)
Japanese white dandelion (Taraxacum albidum)
This plant is native to the southern part of Japan, and this plant can be seen growing along the roads. This breed of dandelions is not as weedy or tough as with other kinds of dandelions. This Japanese dandelion usually attracts bees and other pollinators with its pleasant smell and color.)
The California dandelion (Taraxacum californicum)
The California dandelion is a wild plant that grows on San Bernardino’s mountains in California. This breed has green color shades with a light yellow flower, but the plant looks like the common dandelion. Today, this plant is on the brink of extinction in California.)
The best time to spray Dandelions
The best times for spraying dandelions are early spring or late fall, with fall applications being the most successful. Only when they are small or actively growing can the plants be effectively controlled with herbicides.
Research at the University of Manitoba has shown that many new plants are often not initiated in spring by seeds produced in the fall. This is one of the keys to the plant’s successful control.
New seedlings are usually from mid-season flowerings of mature plants that have escaped spring burnoff, a glyphosate pre-harvest regime, or desiccation of pulse crops. When in the dry, shaded conditions of a ripe prairie crop, the plants are in a semi-dormant state and thus are less vulnerable to control.
Herbicides to use in the removal of Dandelions
Dandelions may be lovely when they are no more than pretty yellow flowers, but the seeds fly everywhere once the flowers mature. On occasion, we all get them, but eventually, you need to find the best killer of dandelions to take care of the job.
Espoma Organic Weed Preventer
This is an organic herbicides to get rid of dandelions. Espoma organic weed preventer is known to be one of the mist common brands in the market because of its effectiveness.
When you spray this product in your lawn it prevents new dandelions from growing but it doesn’t get rid of the existing ones so you will need to pull the existing ones from the root on your own.
You should note that pulling the existing weeds from the roots is very important as it will prevents it from serving as a fertilizer for the upcoming weeds by the time the spray on the lawnn wears out.
So make sure that you uproot all existing weeds neatly before applying this organic herbicides and you should spray it on your lawn atleast twice a year. This will be enough to prevent others from sprouting out.
Scotts Turf Builder Weed & Feed
The Scotts Turf Builder Weeds and Feeds are another brand of herbicides you can try out if you want to get rid of dandelions in your lawn.
This herbicide is known to be able to handle other kinds of weeds. To apply it, you need to first of all wet your lawn after that, you use a spreader to evenly spread the granules all over your lawn.
Please do ensure that after carrying out this exercise, children as well as your pets should be prevented from playing or staying in the lawn for atleast a day as it will be enough for the herbicide to work its magic. Then once the granules have dried up in its place it will be safe for children to start playing on the lawn.
The good thing about this product is that aside from killing dandelions it provides the needed nutrients for the grass to keep growing allowing for a well grown and healthy lawn.
Environmental Factor Green-It Liquid Corn Gluten
Environmental Factor’s Green It is a corn gluten dandelion killer it works just like the Espoma product. So if you want to spray it on your lawn, you can get a spreader and attach it to the formula and spray it on your lawn.
Before applying this herbicide, you also need to uproot existing dandelion weeds before spraying it on your lawn
Ultimately, if you want to get rid of dandelions, you must know the best time and the right herbicides to use. Your needs may vary depending on what other weeds you would like to target at the same time. All the weed herbicide options on the market are by no means covered by this, but these are the best products to get rid of dandelions.
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