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Frillylily
Apr 4, 2017 7:03 PM CST
Wondering what is the best way to remove dandelions? I don't want to spray them because there are too many and they are all in between my plants. They also have full blooms on them now and I have been going out and removing the puffy balls daily so they don't blow out over my flowers. I really need to get rid of these and there are SO many Grumbling
I had a small hand trowel but found that it is not strong enough and would bend. Angry So I ended up tossing it. My soil has quite a bit of clay (working on that) and when I try to pull them they just break off.
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LizDTM
Apr 4, 2017 7:07 PM CST
You can kill them with boiling water or white vinegar. Bonus: once you've soaked them with either, they are easier to pull up.
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crawgarden
Apr 4, 2017 7:47 PM CST
I have had great luck using a tool called the "Weed Hound"
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DrGardener
Apr 4, 2017 7:59 PM CST
Ever tried eating them in a salad? They have more nutrients than lettuce. Highly valued during The Great Depression. Send them my way! Hurray!
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RoseBlush1
Apr 4, 2017 8:04 PM CST
When I bought my house, my lawn was more of a dandelion patch than a lawn. I tried digging them out with a dandelion tool, but they kept coming back. Then a new gardening friend told me to just pluck the new blooms daily and not allow them to go to seed. She promised that after two years of diligent plucking, the only dandys I would have in my yard would be from seeds blown into the garden from somewhere else.

Yes, I was skeptical, but I was also tired of digging. So, I plucked, plucked and plucked some more. She was right. By the third year, I had very few dandelions anywhere in my garden.

Every season, I do get a few volunteers, but I just pluck away.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
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Pistil
Apr 4, 2017 8:05 PM CST
I use a "Dandelion Fork" this gets enough of the root out they don't come back. I have clay too, this is skinny enough it goes down so you can lever it up.
Boiling water does work but if they are in and among your plants you would kill the roots of your nice plants too.

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Pistil
Apr 4, 2017 8:09 PM CST
Cross posted! Where I grew up in Ohio Dandelions were annual weeds, each plant was killed in the winter so plucking all the blooms would work. Here in Seattle they keep growing and become almost shrublike by the next year!!! gotta dig them up here.
Appalachian gardener, that makes me also remember being part of a large gang of kids picking grocery bags full of the flowers for a neighbor to make Dandelion Wine. I never tasted it, I was just a kid. I wonder if it was good. I will eat Dndelion greens, but I always cooked them.
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Bonehead
Apr 4, 2017 8:19 PM CST
I like dandelions and just let them be. Jolly yellow flowers, and bees greatly benefit from them. I use a full field of dandelion blooms to signal me it is time to put the spuds in the ground. Mostly they grow in my lawn, which is actually a mix of various pasture grasses, clover, dandies, lawn daisies, and who knows what else. Definitely not a golf green...
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crawgarden
Apr 4, 2017 8:51 PM CST
When I flew into the Rochester, Mn Airport 30 + years ago, late May. Looking out at the surrounding area...it was nothing but bright yellow! On the way from the airport I noticed that all of the surrounding fields were dandelions, absolutely beautiful. Smiling Smiling Smiling
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daylilydreams
Apr 4, 2017 11:32 PM CST
The Weed Hound does work well after a good soaking rain, you can just pop them right out.
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Cinta
Apr 5, 2017 7:21 PM CST
I use a dollar store clipper. Cut close to the ground. Spray inside the cut with my mixture of one bottle of vinigar, tablespoon salt. I also do @RoseBlush1 does pull the flower before they go to seed.

I have used this mixture and it does not harm my flowers around it because I am just squirting the mixture directly inside the weed stem. The stem is wide close to the soil where I make the cut.
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RpR
Apr 7, 2017 10:58 PM CST
On the lawn, I have found that granular weed killer works better than the liquid.

When I dig, and I usually dig several five gallon buckets full off of the boulevard because the boulevards here were steep hill and most neighbors did not want to sit on a steep hill and pull them .
One neighbor kept his yard clean by treating it, another spent money one year to clean up his boulevard and then let it go to hell but he did reduce the plague of weed seeds his yard sent over to mine even when it was a weed pit again.
The others do not give a da-n and I fought their seeds every year.
The only good thing to the city making the street wider, nearly all those weed infested hills are gone but in fact the yard directly across from us, the house was removed will near certainly rather than being a fairly well kept yard with a nasty hill, will become one giant weed infested piece of vegetation dung.
To those who live in a town and do not remove your weeds as they do not bother you, they will bother every yard near you.
You do not want people spraying, stop giving them a reason to do so.

For digging I use a very heavy duty weed digger and wait till the lawn is wet. The trick is to make sure you get under the plant or raise a mound of dirt deep enough that the root will either break far enough down it will not return or the whole root come up.
When they are clustered like yours, I sometimes can pull two to four up at once.
If you are working in a garden , a narrow four or so inches wide garden spade will loosen a large enough chunk of dirt either multiple plants will come up or taking a weeder will be easier than sticking it in virgin soil.
If you use liquid killer, you can take a nail, poke it down the middle of the plant and use a eye dropper to drop on drop of killer on each plant.
DO NOT do this if it will rain in the near future
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Frillylily
Apr 11, 2017 12:14 PM CST
boiling water is definately out because there are way too many and I would end up dumping on myself going down the stairs. :whistling:

I will try plucking the blooms like I have been, too many to keep up w but maybe I can keep them under control at least. Might be a great job for one of my kids...
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greene
Apr 11, 2017 5:04 PM CST
Sounds like picking the flowers is a good job for the children. Later, you can reward them with some cookies.
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KarenHolt
Apr 12, 2017 7:43 AM CST
I always wait until a rain. No rain? I water. Then I pull. I hate the dandelions but when I see them, I know my ground is good. Dandelions, while they will grow in any soil, prefer good soil. The more you have, the better your ground. It's a pain to get them out, but for me, I'm satisfied.
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Bonehead
Apr 12, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Greene, nice find on the flower recipe. Would be fun with little kids. There is also dandelion wine, which requires quite a few petals. I tried that one year, with not the best results...might be worth another whirl.
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greene
Apr 12, 2017 11:51 AM CST
My experience has been that I'm better at making homemade cookies than homemade wine. Thumbs up

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daylilydreams
Apr 12, 2017 12:49 PM CST
I remember back in highschool one of our teachers had the students pick the blooms for him for wine, of course we never got to taste any of the wine. He really should have given us a bottle for a graduation gift. Angel
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greene
Apr 12, 2017 3:53 PM CST
Our chemistry teacher taught us how to make applejack...for extra credit.
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Yardenman
Apr 17, 2017 2:07 AM CST
I have a 3' dandelion fork. Easy to push to the root, they usually die. Takes some time. My problem is the neighbors' seeds that keep drifting in.

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