As children, many of us thought dandelions were beautiful. We were delighted when summer arrived and they popped up in backyards, playgrounds, and boulevards.
Dandelions start populating lawns from the end of spring to the start of summer (May-July). Some people harvest these healthy, bitter greens to use in soups, salads, and stir-fries—they can even be used to make dandelion wine!
But as tasty as these flowers can be, you might not want them all over your lawn. What can you do to maintain your yard when weeds threaten to overrun it?
Do Dandelions Damage Your Lawn?
When it comes to weed control, dandelions are one of the most tenacious plants. They’re a sign that warmer weather is here, and it’s time to step up your lawn care practices.
Dandelions are perennials, which means they regrow each season when conditions are favourable. As the yellow flowers turn into white cotton balls, their light seeds carry easily on the wind. Your problem will get exponentially worse when this happens. If you’ve ever seen a lawn with more dandelions than grass, this is typically why. Without weed control, a single dandelion can turn into dozens.
Even though dandelions don’t damage your lawn (and may actually have a few benefits), they are still unsightly to some people. You may want your lawn to look lush and green—not dotted with yellow flowers. If so, what can you do about them?
Keep Dandelions Under Control
In Manitoba, many of the pesticides used to control the dandelion population have been banned. Homeowners need to get creative to keep these yellow flowers off their lawns.
We have a few strategies you can use that don’t involve chemicals:
De-weed your grass often
Getting rid of weeds is hard, back-breaking work. But you’ll need to do this often if you want your yard to be dandelion-free.
How often? The answer depends on how much time you have. Some homeowners de-weed their lawns every day when dandelion season is at its peak.
To do this effectively, you need to remove the dandelion from the root—otherwise, it will grow back within a few days. A mechanical weeding tool allows you to pull the plant completely out of the ground. Just be careful not to damage your lawn in the process!
Avoid cutting the grass too short
Taller blades of grass crowd out the dandelions and block them from receiving ample sunshine. But if your grass is short, the weeds will have the lion’s share of the spotlight, and they’ll thrive from it.
Don’t cut your lawn too short and thin, or weeds will overrun it. Instead, adjust your lawnmower so that it leaves 2 ¾ – 3” of grass. When your grass towers over dandelions, they’ll be in the shadows instead of the sun.
Aerate & fertilize your lawn
To give your grass the best fighting chance against dandelions, make sure it’s stocked up on nutrients and water. You can schedule lawn aeration services a few times a year to improve your lawn’s overall health. Fertilizer is like a superfood for your lawn; sprinkle it on in the early spring. Then, when summer rolls around, your grass will be better equipped to compete with weeds for resources.
Schedule professional lawn care services
It takes consistent time and effort to keep weeds at bay, particularly during the spring and summertime.
If you want to avoid a lawn full of dandelions, you’ll need lawn care services in Winnipeg. At Cleanr Property Maintenance, we know as well as you do how troublesome dandelions can be. Our fertilizer and weed control services can keep these sunny flowers at bay.