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Questions About Dandelion Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 12, 2011

Q. Common Weeds

What are the weeds in the yard that look like fuzzy balls. The kids pick them and blow them. How do you get rid of them?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2011
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More information would make this easier to say for sure, though it sounds more like dandelions. However, there are several weeds that spread seeds in this fashion and we want to make sure we give you the right advice for dealing with the weeds in your yard.

This article will help determine if it's dandelions and how to control them: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/dandelion/dandelion-control.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 16, 2011

Q. Killing Dandelions in Otherwise Great Grass

I like the vinegar idea, but will it harm my good grass in any way?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 16, 2011
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Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

Here's a recipe that may help using 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1 lb. table salt, and 8 drops of liquid dish soap. Mix the vinegar and salt in a pan on the stovetop. Bring to a boil so that the salt dissolves into the vinegar. Remove from stove and stir in the dish soap. Allow the mixture to cool. Pour into spray bottle and use a stream setting to aim directly into the middle of the dandelion rosette so that you do not kill the surrounding grass. Dandelions should die within a day.

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Anonymous on
April 19, 2011

Q. Dog Safe Weed Killer

Lots of weeds and dandelions. Looking for a dog safe formula to kill the weeds.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 19, 2011
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If you are killing weeds, the normal vinegar that you buy from the store will do. There is no need to dilute it as it is already diluted when you buy it. And, the vinegar from the store will not harm your dog. Here's a recipe that may help using 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1 lb. table salt, and 8 drops of liquid dish soap. Mix the vinegar and salt in a pan on the stovetop. Bring to a boil so that the salt dissolves into the vinegar. Remove from stove and stir in the dish soap. Allow the mixture to cool. Pour into spray bottle and use a stream setting to aim directly into the middle of the dandelion rosette so that you do not kill the surrounding grass. Dandelions should die within a day and it won't harm your dog.

This article should help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 3, 2011

Q. Weed Killer for Lawn – Pet Friendly

I’ve read the article on organic weed killer for the garden and pets. However, I am looking for my lawn. We have dandelions and small purple flowers that seem to spread everywhere. Will these same organic weed killers work on my lawn without killing the grass? Also, what is the best way to apply it to a large area?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 4, 2011
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Yes, the same would apply for the lawn. Simply spot treat wherever necessary. These articles on dandelions and wild violets (most likely your purple flowered culprits) should offer suggestions as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/dandelion/dandelion-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/violet/kill-wild-violets.htm

Here's a recipe that may help for both types of weeds using 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1 lb. table salt, and 8 drops of liquid dish soap. Mix the vinegar and salt in a pan on the stove top. Bring to a boil so that the salt dissolves into the vinegar. Remove from stove and stir in the dish soap. Allow the mixture to cool. Pour into spray bottle and use a stream setting to aim directly into the middle of the dandelion rosette or violet, so that you do not kill the surrounding grass. The weeds should die within a day.

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Anonymous on
June 2, 2011

Q. Weeds in Grass

What can I buy that can be put on the grass now to get rid of weeds such as Dandelion, Daisy and moss? I also have children, and so would have to be child-friendly.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 3, 2011
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Here is an article that you may find helpful and is safe for both pets and children: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

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Asked by
laucin on
May 2, 2012

Q. pet safe dandelion killer

I live in Bend, Or. , high desert, and my lawn is FULL of dandelions. I have 5 dogs that run free on the lawn. Is there a non-toxic way to kill the dandelions, not harm the grass, and not harm the dogs or birds that may land there? I have been simply picking the buds before blooming for 5 years, but they are prolific!!! Thanks.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2012
Certified Expert
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Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

Also, here's a recipe that may help using 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1 lb. table salt, and 8 drops of liquid dish soap. Mix the vinegar and salt in a pan on the stovetop. Bring to a boil so that the salt dissolves into the vinegar. Remove from stove and stir in the dish soap. Allow the mixture to cool. Pour into spray bottle and use a stream setting to aim directly into the middle of the dandelion rosette so that you do not kill the surrounding grass. Dandelions should die within a day and it won't harm your dogs.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 8, 2012

Q. My Lawn

I have some funny little things growing in my lawn that look like miniature dandelion seeds (the kind you blow and they fly away). They invaded my neighbor’s lawn and now have started in mine.

Answered by
roseman on
May 12, 2012
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Using a good weed and feed fertilizer should get them under some control. However if your neighbor does not do the same, they will likely keep coming back.

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