Dandelion pulling technique

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by cenlo, May 30, 2004.

  1. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 322

    In Northern Ontario the dandelions overwinter and in the spring start growing. They flower in late spring (right about now). Soon they will turn to seed and the new weeds will start to germinate in late July. Anyway my questions are: 1) Are the above statements true? and 2)If using manual eradication does the entire root have to be removed, or just the "button"? :confused:
  2. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 424

    1: yes
    2: yes the entire root or it just will grow back stronger than ever
    3: good luck
  3. sjj14

    sjj14 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    Manual eradication? You would need an army of diligent migrant workers to manually eradicate dadelions in my part of town. Not an option but good luck my friend.
  4. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 322

    Dandilions are perenials, but don't they have a life span?
  5. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    Every living thing has a life span....why would you want to pull weeds by hand?!
  6. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 322

    How else are to going to get rid of existing weeds in a lawn. (other than chemicals or vinegar)
  7. BareFootLawn

    BareFootLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    I have a "manual" dandelion puller. Works great, but you need to use it while the ground is moist to get the whole root. I manually weed my own front yard and will pull several in some of my nicer accounts. I don't spend a ton of time at it though, just now a $$ making type of thing.
    I did take pity on a customer early this spring and pulled a 5 gallon bucket of Canadian Thistles. He's a good customer and I hated to see them in his lawn.

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