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Dandelion

Dandelion

  • Common Name Dandelion
  • Scientific Name Taraxacum officinalis
  • Areas affected Lawns, hard surfaces and cultivated ground
  • Main Causes Spread by seed and regenerates from tap root
  • Timing Flowers March to October

What Is A Dandelion?

A dandelion is a very widely distributed weed that originates from the daisy family. It has a rosette of leaves and yellow flowers that has a globe of heads with seeds and tufts. Often described as a weed, these wildflowers can attract an array of wildlife. They are most unsightly in lawns where they can often sit under the height of the blades and stand out when in flower.

Identification:

Dandelions can be easily identified with their distinct yellow flower and leaves. They are often found in parks, lawns and on Public footpaths.

The Problem:

Dandelions can slowly take over a lawn by shedding their seeds when knocked or when there is a windy day. They have a deep tap root which also allows them to continue growing through the summer months when grass growth slows.

Control:

Though it is time consuming, hand weeding or hoeing beds and borders can be the best way to control this weed. However, there are a number of herbicides available that will control this weed. 

Control

Dandelions in 'Bare Areas'

We recommend a treatment of Diamond which will control all other weeds and grasses. 

Dandelions in Grassland 

We recommend looking at Thrust which is safe to the grass. If you have this problem within a lawn, we advise looking at Enforcer

For more information regarding controlling Dandelions, please get in touch with our sales team on 01522 246491.