I bought my house last July so this is my first year playing in the yard. It is only about .5 acre lot (in the city) and it is pretty much just weeds and a crappy lawn. My current problem... DANDELIONS! ugh... My boyfriend sprayed a weed chemical on the lawn and I kept the dog off of it for 7 days (it said to wait 24 hrs). It didn't even kill the dumb things! So then I opted for plan B) on my hands and knees, digging each one up. I got some, but certainly not all... not even close. Just got blisters. Now I am just afraid I didn't get all the roots and they will just come back. I am totally a novice at this, and I don't want to dump anymore chemicals on my lawn... I did get instructed (on here, forgot by whom) to use vinegar and salt. My mom tried it and it does work. The only problem is that there are so many in the lawn that it becomes very hard.
What is my plan of attack on these things??? help! I am jealous you guys have such wonderful yards! ;) Me and Beulah want a nice lawn for her to dig holes in! ha ha...
My husband uses the spray weed and feed too. My neighbor uses the granule weed and feed. You have to use a spreader to put that down when the grass is wet. I'm not sure how long you have to keep pets off the area though. I'm sure it says on the bag. You could also use Round Up directly on each daisy. Don't get that on your grass or plants you want to keep though!
lmao just call me the dandelion queen! The first apartment I ever had was a small little cottage in Florida. Two separte rooms, and a great big yard. When I moved in I spent most my buget to paint the place so I was limited on "gardening" stuff. There were two dinky looking flower beds in front of the house, filled with dirt and pine needels. I cleaned them out and, tilled the dirt. I had been at Dollar General getting candles and things when I notice the little packets of flower seeds. I picked up all kinds of different ones, took them home and planted them. Friends would make fun of me cause I babied the garden. I was always pulling pine needles out, and since there wasn't a downspout at the end of the house I rigged a little dam to keep the water from drowning my garden. At the end of all this work I ended up growing three sunflowers and about a hundred dandelions! I had a fast one pulled on me by Dollar General lol.
Not sure if you read my post about vinegar and salt or got it from someone else. If your using a spray bottle, forget that, go buy a pesticide sprayer at home depot or lowes...even walmart might have them.. The one I use is yellow and has a pressurized lid witha metal sprayer.. similar to what a pesticide Co. would use. They only cost about 20 bux. Mix up a large batch of the vinegar and salt, let the salt dissolve and you can spray your whole yard with it. Since you own a home with a yard, you will need one anyway.. everyone has weeds. :)
Westies.. how does this not kill the grass?? And how "soaked" do you soak everything? I know, these are lame questions, but it is my first house and I don't know what we did wrong with the sprayer, but NOTHING happened!!! And we followed instructions!
I like Dandelions. They have such a wonderful bright yellow color, and I can't see one of the seed heads without thinking of wonderful childhood memories of blowing the seed tufts off of them. Every time my daughter sees one she grabs them and helps reseedt he world. I think that the yellow dandelion flower smattering in a bright green lawn is gorgeous.
The only difference between a flower/plant and a weed is timing and location :P
That said.. No clue of any way to get rid of them that doesn't involve killing other areas of the grass.