How to Get Rid of Dandelions in Your Yard

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Children love dandelions for their beautiful yellow blossoms and fluffy white seeds, but gardeners hate them. These hardy flowering herbs won't damage your grass, yet they spread swiftly and are found in every North American climate.  

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Dandelions can be eliminated while preserving a healthy grass and flowerbeds by making your yard hostile to them. Everything you need to kill dandelions without harming neighboring plants is here.  

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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a flowering herb. Early herbalists employed dandelion plants for medicine. Most gardeners and landscapers consider dandelion a weed.  

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Early spring or soil above 50 degrees Fahrenheit brings dandelions. Plants dorm in most of the country in winter. Taproots survive winter underground. These plants are among the first permanent weeds to grow when temperatures rise.   

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Dandelions aren't dead if you can't see their blossoms. Dandelions are broadleaf perennials with extensive taproots and branching root systems. Plants die in fall but return in April if their roots survive.  

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Dandelion seeds can also come from your yard, your neighbor's yard, or even cracks in the wall because they are blown in by the wind. All of these things make getting rid of dandelion extremely hard.  

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Like other plants, dandelions are easier to pull out of the ground when it's wet. You can add water to the dirt yourself if it has been dry. To pull dandelions out of your yard by hand, do the following:  

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Taking care of dandelions by hand can cause lower back pain, so buy a dandelion picker instead. The metal shaft of this useful farming tool has a forked end. Put the sharp end into the ground and use the tines to pull the dandelion out.  

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Any pesticide that kills broadleaf weeds can help you get rid of dandelion plants. Keep in mind that a broadleaf pesticide that is not selective will kill any plant it comes in contact with, even your grass.    

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