how to get rid of dandelions naturally

How to Get Rid of Dandelions in Your Front Yard

So let’s learn how to get rid of dandelions in your yard in just a few steps. Although some people like them as they think it is good to have them in the yard to have different tastes. But no matter what you say, it is a weed and needs a clean-up. 

These dandelions may take your whole yard if you do not treat them priorly. A few dandelions will not harm your yard. But if you see the numbers rising, know you need to do something.

Can You Kill the Dandelions without Killing the Grass

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The first question that comes to my mind is can I kill those dandelions without killing the grass around them? Yes, you can, but you have to remove them by hand one by one.

There are also some chemicals that can be used to remove those dandelions but do not guarantee that your grass will not get hurt if you spray them all over. 

They will remove most of the weeds but will take not all but a few grasses with them. So yes, you can kill the dandelions without killing all the grass in your yard. 

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Can You Kill the Dandelions But Not the Grass

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How to Get Rid of Dandelions in Your Yard in a Natural Way

Before you start the work, you should be careful if you use a chemical to kill those dandelions. Use hand gloves, long sleeves shirts, and eye wear to protect yourself, and never let your pets come close to it as it may harm them.

But if you want to do it naturally without a spray, as their numbers are not that much, here are your five steps. Although, you do need a Herbicide or weed killer that you will put in the soil hole after removing the weed. 

It will stop the dandelion seeds and possibly destroy them. So let’s get to the point of how to get rid of dandelions in your yard naturally. 

1. Water the Soil to Make it Wet

Water the Soil to Make it Wet

If the soil is dry, then water it up. So that you do not break the roots of the dandelion while removing it. By doing so, you are making sure that no seeds remain there and no dandelions will come out in the future.

2. Use a Weeding Tool to Loosen the Soil

Use a Weeding Tool to Loosen the Soil

Now get a weeding tool and push it under the soil to loosen it up and make it easy to pull the weed. 

Use the weeding tool in a way that opens up the roots of the dandelion all the way to the bottom. It will take some time, so do it patiently.

3. Take Out the Dandelion one by one

Take Out the Dandelion one by one

The next part is to get the dandelion out. Use your glove, take hold of the soil and root base, slowly wiggle, and pull it out. Then check for any remaining roots in there. If there is, take them also out.

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You have the option to use a weed puller if you do not want your hands to get dirty. But I prefer the hand way as it is more convenient and cost-effective.

4. Fill the Hole with Herbicide

Fill the Hole with Herbicide

After you have successfully pulled the dandelion, fill the hole with herbicide. It is a chemical that is used to kill the weeds. If there are any remaining roots or seeds will not be able to grow as the chemical will destroy them. 

That is why I told you that you still need that herbicide if you do not spray it all over.

5. Fill the Hole with Soil

Fill the Hole with Soil

Then the last thing you need to do is to fill the hole with soil and be done with it. For further precaution, add some pre-emergent herbicide to the fresh soil. But that should not be necessary as those dandelions will not come back.

Repeat this process in all your dandelion and remove them from the root. But if you have a lot of them, then you have no other option than to use the spray. That will disturb the grass, and you have to plant them again using grass seeds.

How to Prevent Dandelions in the Future

How to Prevent Dandelions in the Future

Here are some quick tips on how to get rid of dandelions in the future in your yard.

  • Spray water in your yard regularly to give your normal grass deep roots. 
  • Use fertilizer at least once a year so that these weeds do not rise up. 
  • Never cut your grass too short and let the sunlight reach the soil. That will help those dandelions to rise and germinate as they need light to grow. By making a shadow, you are stopping it.  
  • And mow the lawn every week so that you can spot them and kill them.
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These are the basic precaution you should follow if you want to get rid of dandelion permanently.

Last Words

So this is how to get rid of dandelions in your yard in some natural way. But, if these weeds take over your yard, you must spray the herbicide, kill them all and then replace the grass seeds. So that they can become a green fields again. 

Do mow your lawn at least once a month and get a dandelion-free yard. Now let us get to the work.

Dandelions Removal FAQs

dandelions removal FAQ

What kills dandelions but not grass?

Use herbicide to kill those dandelions. Do not worry as it will not harm the grass around it.

What is the fastest way to remove dandelions?

Spray herbicide on your yard to kill those dandelions without harming the surrounding grass.

What is the cheapest way to remove dandelions?

Mix vinegar and water and spray on those dandelions, and they will dry out soon. But remember, the surrounding grass will also be damaged by it. Use it only if you are okay with killing those grass.

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