FOR some, dandelions are happy, sunny flowers that scream summer.
But if all you see are weeds when they pop up on your lawn, one professional landscaper has the secret to keeping them at bay.
Vince Grove of Rooted Lawn Co. has revealed how he prevents and kills dandelionsCredit: Tiktok/rootedlawnco
He said the best thing to do is to put down a pre-emergent to stop dandelions and other weeds from growing in the first placeCredit: Tiktok/rootedlawnco
Gardening expert Vince Grove of Rooted Lawn Co. is in the “weed” camp when it comes to dandelions.
“Some people really like dandelions and they have them all over their lawn, but I don’t. I want to get rid of dandelions in my lawn,” he said.
“So your lawn’s covered in dandelions, what do you do?” he asked.
The first step is to stop that from growing in the first place, and that takes a bit of planning.
“The best way to tackle them is to put a pre-emergent down in the springtime when soil temps hit 50 to 55 degrees,” he said.
Pre-emergent herbicides can stop weeds by targeting them as they are just beginning to sprout.
But they won’t be much help if they’re added to lawns too late, as they can’t kill weeds that are already growing.
“If you miss that pre-emergent window and your lawn starts looking like this,” he said, gesturing to a lawn overgrown with weeds, “you can go out and get yourself some herbicide that’s gonna take care of the pesky weeds.”
He noted that it’s important to buy an herbicide that kills dandelions, crabgrass, and clover, but not your grass.
“One thing you don’t want to do is buy a weed and grass killer. That’s what’s known as a nonselective herbicide,” he said.
His product of choice is Ortho Weed B Gone, which can be purchased $12.97 for a gallon from Home Depot.
There are also herbicides that come with wands, as well as concentrates that can be poured into pump sprayers.
Once they crop up, he likes an herbicide like Ortho Weed B GoneCredit: Tiktok/rootedlawnco