If you are like most new customers this time of year, you are concerned with dandelions in your yard.
It’s mid-May and dandelions are starting to produce their yellow flowers once again. Mowing them down might seem like a quick and easy solution to this pesky problem, but it will in fact spread the seeds causing an increase in the reach and consistency of your dandelion issue for years to come.
Dandelions are perennial, self-pollinating, broadleaf weeds that return every year and may be the most widespread flowering weed in Ohio. They reproduce and spread from those white, fluffy, wind-blown seeds and root fragments.
Much like clover, ivy, plantain, and other weeds, dandelions can be controlled without harm to the grass with proper applications of the correct weed control.
To wipe out the dandelion population in any yard more quickly, it is important to treat your lawn during the dandelion’s early stage of growth. You don’t need to kill them before they start turning yellow. You should, however, take care of them before they have the opportunity to seed and repopulate your yard in greater numbers.
Right now is the best time for us to treat your lawn. Once we have started treatment, your dandelion population is going to decrease significantly because we will have prevented the seeds from blowing around and germinating. Although we can eradicate most all dandelions quickly, it will take longer for a more complete control. You will notice almost no dandelions even attempting to grow after 2-3 seasons. You will enjoy a virtually dandelion free yard, especially if your neighbors take good care of their yard to prevent seeds from blowing into yours. (And vice-versa)
While dandelions are a pesky perennial herb or weed to most, they do have some very interesting medicinal qualities that might intrigue you.
Interesting Dandelion Facts:
- Dandelions are edible weeds. (Although, we do not recommend picking dandelions to eat)
- Dandelion roots may have a calming affect on the body.
- The milky white substance in the dandelion root has known to be effective on warts.
- Dandelions contain large quantities of vitamins B, A, C, E and P.
- Dandelions are an effective diuretic.
If you want to learn more about the medicinal properties of the dandelion visit: http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Dandelion–Encyclopedia-of-Alternative-Medicine