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How to Get Rid of Dandelions

Dandelions are the pigeons of weeds. They are everywhere. On the roads, in between the cracks of your driveway, in your flower beds, and overtaking other priority parts of your garden. Getting rid of dandelions is extremely difficult because of two main reasons. First, their seeds are constantly floating in the wind, which gives them the opportunity to grow their numbers at a very impressive rate. And second, below ground, their roots can reach up to 10 inches in depth, making them almost impossible to pull out. Crazy, right?

Worry not, as they are not invincible. In this article, we have compiled the best techniques that will save your garden from the dandelion infestation.

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So, if you:

  • Have a lawn or garden full of dandelions;
  • Are wondering if dandelions are bad for your lawn;
  • Want to kill them without damaging the surrounding grass;
  • Want to know how to get rid of dandelions naturally.

Then go on and read this article because here you will learn the best ways to get rid of dandelions permanently

How to remove dandelions with boiling water

Chances are you wouldn’t be very happy if someone decided to pour boiling hot water over you. Well, dandelions in the lawn feel exactly the same way. Hot water will burn their leaves and turn them yellow, practically killing the weed along with the roots beneath. This way, the plants won’t have any leaves to perform photosynthesis and their roots won’t be able to soak up any water or nutrients. Once you burn them, just make sure to pull out the entire plant.

Vinegar – the ultimate dandelion killer

Killing dandelions in lawn with vinegar is one of the best remedies for these little yellow plants.

You only have to pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and apply it to all of the plants you want to kill. Make sure to spray the weed until it’s completely wet. If you do this on a hot, sunny day, you will enjoy the results even sooner. And the results in question are withered, brown dandelion leaves. A beautiful sight, indeed. Now, the only thing left is to pull them out and rinse the area with cold water.

Always use protective gear when dealing with any kind of pesticide, whether it’s chemical-based or DIY. What is dangerous for the weeds could also be dangerous for you.

DIY pesticide for dandelions

Sometimes, the weather is not in your favour and grumpy clouds are slowing down the whole extermination process. Fret not! There is a special home remedy that will give your ordinary vinegar some superpowers.

You’ll need: white vinegar, lemon juice, dish soap, spray bottle

Time needed: 15 minutes.

  1. Prepare a solution.

    Mix a quart of vinegar, ¼ cup of lemon juice, and one tablespoon of any liquid dish soap.

  2. Pour it into a spray bottle.

    Use a funnel, so you cannot lose any.

  3. Apply to the dandelions.

    Spray the dandelions until they are completely wet.

The lemon juice is a dangerous dandelion weed killer since it contains a fair amount of acid. The combination with the vinegar will make it even stronger. The dish soap is the ingredient that will make this mixture stick to the leaves of the plant. Bye-bye dandelions!

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How to kill dandelions using salt

Salt is used as a weapon mostly against snails and ants, but it’s also very successful in getting rid of dandelions. It will prevent them from coming back to the surface.

You’ll need: water, salt, bucket

  1. Prepare a solution.
    Mix one cup of hot water and one cup of salt in a bucket. Stir the solution well.
  2. Apply.
    Pour the solution evenly throughout the whole dandelion-infested area.
The downside of this technique is that it will affect all of the green life in the treated area for a very long time. Our advice is to use it in spaces you wouldn’t want to have any plants, for example, cracks in the driveway, under a deck, or next to the walls of your house.

Kill dandelions with rubbing alcohol

Alcohol. Known mostly for killing our shyness at karaoke nights, it also has the power to get rid of annoying dandelions. But don’t go pouring bottles of whiskey in your garden! We are talking about isopropyl alcohol. The one NOT made for drinking.

Mix 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol with a cup of water, and just like with the vinegar method, pour the liquid in a spray bottle. Apply the solution to the dandelions and just leave them. The alcohol is going to start sucking out the life and moisture from both the leaves and roots of the plants, thus killing them completely. If you don’t see any results in the next couple of hours, spray the weeds again.

Getting rid of dandelions by hand

If you are not afraid of garden work, then, this is the method for you. Kill those dandelion weeds with your own bare hands by digging them out from the soil. Keep in mind that one of the reasons why these plants are so hard to get rid of is because of their very long taproot. This means you’ll have to go quite deep when you start digging. Even if you leave a bit of work behind, don’t worry. You can follow up in springtime, or whenever dandelions usually make their yearly appearance. Inspect the area where they’ve always popped up before and dig them out again. You will achieve better results if you use a “forked-tongue” tool.

Now, that you have done your best, digging dandelions for hours and hours, you are probably left with a bunch of holes in your garden. Don’t be so fast in sealing them back again. Pour a bit of white vinegar in all of the holes where the dandelions have been. This will destroy any remaining root systems and will make sure that they don’t decide to regenerate. The same will happen to all other plant life in your garden, so be careful when applying the acid.

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Improve your soil

Make the life of the pesky plants a living hell. Dandelions, similarly to many other weeds, actually thrive in the worst garden conditions. In order to cut out their food supply and make them regret growing in your lawn, spoil your garden with some alkaline fertilizers, leaf mulch, and nutrient-rich compost. You will not only weaken the dandelions, making them easier to be pulled out but also give a major boost to all the other plants and grass, you actually like and want. By applying fertilizer, you can get rid not only of dandelions but also of many more unwanted plants and weeds, such as coarse grass.

Use chemical herbicides to eliminate dandelions

Chemical herbicides are super effective when it comes to removing any sort of weed, not only dandelions. There are two main types that you can use – selective and non-selective. The first one will affect only broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions and chickweed, leaving your grass and flowers unharmed. The other herbicide is non-selective and will basically demolish any type of green life that it comes in contact with. You can use this one in flower beds, driveways, and walkways. Keep in mind it will take a few weeks for the weed killer to work.

Are dandelions bad for your lawn and garden?

If you are somehow not annoyed by dandelions and you think that there is no harm in leaving a small area with them, you’re wrong. Dandelions cannot be controlled. They spread out extremely fast and the moment you turn your back and forget about them for one season, they would have already taken over the whole garden. Another reason to get rid of them completely is that dandelion pollen causes many allergic reactions. So leave no weed alive.

Get a professional help

Keeping your garden in a good condition is a rule number one when dealing with dandelions. Our experts offer garden maintenance that comes with a custom-tailored treatment plan, prepared for your lawn or your beautiful garden. Additional materials such as fertilizers and soil can also be provided upon request. Do not waste time because dandelions spread faster than the wind. Book your service now!

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  • Vinegar and lemon are very efficient when killing dandelions.
  • Keep in mind that most of these solutions are not only harmful to the dandelions, but also to any other plant around them, along with the soil. Treat only a specific area, not the whole garden.
  • Dandelions cannot be controlled. They spread out extremely fast and can damage your lawn and garden.
  • Dandelions can be bad for your health.


Have you ever been in a war with dandelions? If yes, what was your weapon of choice? Let us know in the comments below, and if you have found this article useful, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family.

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