Dandelion [Taraxacum offininale]
The Dandelion, which is a perennial weed is one of the most recognisable weeds in the garden. It establishes by forming a large flat rosette with a stout tap root.
Dandelions are common on any grass dominated areas, such as road side verges, fields and garden lawns. The leaves are lance-shaped and hairless, with deep downward sharp pointing teeth.
Dandelions produce a single yellow flower on top of a smooth fleshy stalk from spring to autumn. The flowers will eventually turn into hundreds of wind bourne seed.
Dandelions are common on all soil types.
Hand weeding is possible for a small number of plants. However hand removal must be done with great care, as it is important that the whole of the tap root is removed. If any root remains in the soil then the weed will regenerate.
If there are a larger number of plants then a selective weed killer may be needed for effective control of dandelion.
Choose a weed killer that will be effective against this weed for the best results. If possible spot treat the weed by only treating the areas infected.
In many cases a single application is usually enough, however repeat 6 weeks later if necessary.
Once the weed has been removed or controlled the bare area can be filled with a mixture of suitable soil and grass seed to aid recovery.
When using chemicals on the lawn or anywhere else always wear the correct protective equipment and clothing. Always read the product label and follow the manufacturers health & safety recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.