Dandelions – Lawn Weeds
The dandelion can have quite a big impact on a lawn as the spread
of their leaves can be quite effective as they form a rosette with
their broad shaped leaves that progressively widen and then contract
like an elongated arrow head. These leaves will stop sunlight from
reaching any grass beneath the leaves. Dandelions are one of the
most easy to identify weeds due to their well known yellow flower
and the distinctive seed stage.
The common Dandelion is Taraxacum officiale and this is
very common on lawns. The Dandelions growth capacity is fuelled
by a long tap root that is quite fleshy.
Removing dandelions from the lawn
Dandelions can be removed by hand although if any part of the root
is left in the ground then the weed will have a good chance of regrowing.
An application of selective weed killer should be enough to remove
the problem but a second application after 6 weeks may be necessary.