Ask the average person to name a lawn weed and odds are that they will say, "Dandelion". The bright, yellow flowers of dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) sometimes come to dominate certain lawns in early summer. They are perennial plants that have long (2 to 3 foot long) taproots which anchor them firmly to the spot.

The bright yellow flowers are the most distinguishing trait followed by white, feathery seed heads. Dandelions are prolific seed producers and, if the lawn has thinned with small patches of bare soil, they will spread rapidly.


As with most lawn weeds, the best control is to grow a healthy, vigorous turfgrass. A good layer of mulch such as shredded bark or wood chips will help manage weeds in the bed or border.

If cultural options do not provide enough control, several herbicides are also labeled for this weed, however, this one falls under the "difficult to control" lawn weeds and may be tough to eliminate.


Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.


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