dandelion invasion

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Keegan, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 605

    I picked up this account late last year and I think I put down one application of 123 and a fertilizer.
    The client had new sod installed last summer. (tiny lawn) which looks mostly KBG and is still somewhat dormant. There are some spots of powdery mildew mostly along the house and near some arborvitaes.
    I went there this morning and there are dandelions everywhere. i am assuming they were in the soil before the sod went down.

    The soil test indicates OM at 4.9%
    pH 6.4, buffer ph 7.0, Ca 79.3%, CEC 6.9

    What can I do to get rid of them?
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,080

    Dandelions germinate all through the summer and fall. They are tiny plants that stay hidden in the grass and grow to the fruiting stage in the second year... Spot spray before they flower and produce next year's crop...
     
  3. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Try some dandelion greens mixed in with a veggie salad....that, is, if you haven't sprayed or fertilized 'em yet! :)
     
  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,568

    Fiesta Weed Killer works well, it will require 2 applications 3-4 weeks apart.
     
  5. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

    i just blanket sprayed a dandelion patch with 992 2 days ago and problem is pretty much solved
     
  6. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

    you italian?
     
  7. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Nope! German-Irish ancestry.

    My sisters & I grew up in a farm setting & every early spring, fresh dandelion greens were something every family member looked forward to.
    We've successfully passed that tradition on to our children.
     

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