Clearing up the Lawn

Dandelions, like other broad leaved weeds on the lawn will yield quickly to a selective weedkiller, but removing them could leave bare patches that will rapidly be colonised by other weeds. In March, before dealing with the dandelions, apply a proprietary lawn food, according to the manufacturers instructions, followed by regular mowings once a week with the blades set high. This will encourage strong growth by both grass and weeds. After about a month, apply the selective weedkiller, as the grass should then be growing vigorously and will fill the gaps.

Spring Harvest
It is a good idea to encourage a few dandelions to grow in a wild corner, or to plant them in a row in the vegetable garden. In spring, cut the young pale leaves and mix them with chives and parsley in a side salad, garnished with lemon juice and oil.

Spot Treatment
There is no need to treat the whole lawn with weedkiller in order to kill a few dandelions or other broad leaved weeds as this is a wasteful use of chemicals. Treat weeds individually by either digging them up or applying spot weedkiller.

Dandelions are hardy, perennial weeds that spread up to 30cm. They tolerate a range of well drained soils. Dandelions die back in winter but reappear in spring. The plants will continue to grow for several years.

There are no products to list in this category.