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Dandelion

Dandelions are an easily recognisable weed with their bright yellow daisy-like flowers on tall hollow stems with toothed green leaves. When the flowers mature, they turn into white puffballs that contain seeds that spread with the wind to other areas of lawn.

Dandelions are broad-leaved perennials that grow from a taproot, which is often 60 to 90 centimetres deep. Their root lies dormant through the cooler months, reappearing to grow new above ground shoots in the spring time.

Due to the nature of the dandelion’s root system, they can be difficult to effectively remove by hand, as the roots grow deep and if any of the taproot remains in the ground the weed will regenerate.

Treat dandelions by applying a selective herbicide to the weed and allow a couple of days to a week before you mow so as to allow the chemical to reach the roots.

Having a thick and lush lawn is the best way of preventing dandelions from establishing. Regular mowing at a higher height, combined with regular fertilising, will ensure a healthy and robust lawn that will be thick enough from allowing dandelions and other weeds from growing in the soil.

And, of course, if you want some additional help and advice on combatting and treating weeds in your lawn, then the simplest solution is to let Fox Mowing look after it all for you.

And while we’re there in your garden, we can do a lot of other stuff too to get your garden looking and feeling its best.

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