How can something so sunny yellow throw you into such fits of rage?
One of the most common lawn weeds in Minnesota, dandelions test the patience of the calmest lawn owners.
Take a few deep breaths, and let’s talk about dandelion control in Minneapolis.
1. Dandelion Control: Know Your Enemy
So what are we dealing with here?
Dandelions are perennials, rearing their frustrating yellow heads year after year. Like most lawn weed types, they propagate through the spread of seeds.
2. Please Stop Blowing on Those Dandelion Seed Heads
Have you given a puff to a dandelion and watched its seeds scatter in the wind? Pretty fun, right? Please stop. You just helped a bunch more dandelions grow.
Those seeds germinate really easily. And they can last for decades, sprouting long after you blow on that puff ball.
3. Dandelion Control with Weed Killer
RainMaster specialists target dandelions with a specialty “weed shield” herbicide designed to reduce the number of dandelions that emerge. If any sneak through, we can treat them with a broadleaf herbicide.
4. The Best Dandelion Prevention: a Healthy Lawn
Preventing dandelions in Minnesota is easier than getting rid of them. And a thick, healthy lawn is the best way to prevent weeds.
Weeds hate healthy lawns. So…
5. Mow High for Dandelion Control
When you’re heading out into the lawn with your mower, those dandelions in frustrating view, try to control your rage. It’s tempting to mow even lower than usual to mow down those annoying buggers. Take a breath. Then, mow high.
Taller grass helps a lawn grow thicker. Mow too short, and the soil heats up, helping those pesky dandelion seeds to germinate.
Shorter grass also has a weaker root system, which makes it more susceptible to weeds.
6. Prevent Dandelions: Water Wisely
A lawn that’s too wet or too dry encourages weeds like dandelions.
Your best bet: invest in a professionally installed irrigation system to help water your lawn correctly and efficiently.
7. Dandelion Control: Timing Is Everything
Those dandelions seem like they sprouted overnight, right? They didn’t.
Most people think dandelions originate in the spring, but dandelion seeds actually germinate in late summer and early fall.
That’s why you need a complete, proactive lawn care program that includes both weed preventative and curative treatments from early spring to late fall.
Spring preventative treatments are based on soil temperature. Here in Minnesota, that means our start time can range from March to May. Curative weed spray treatments occur from April through early October.
If your lawn looks healthy, can’t you skip dandelion prevention?
Nope. Those seeds are hanging out, sometimes for years. Ignore them, and they’ll turn into ugly weeds.
8. Sometimes Spot Treatment is Enough
We know you care about the environment, just like we do. That means we don’t blanket your lawn with dandelion weed control if it isn’t necessary.
If you have just a few dandelions, we’ll treat just those weeds.
9. You Still Might See Dandelions
When RainMaster specialists visit your property to prevent or treat lawn weeds like dandelions you get skilled, knowledgeable technicians and the best products available.
We’ll do everything we can to make sure your lawn is the best it can be and take care of those pesky weeds. But some weeds haven’t yet germinated when we visit your property. Others may creep in from your neighbor’s yard. Weeds like dandelions are pretty tenacious.
We’re happy to return to nab those persistent weeds, at no charge. Or we’ll treat them at our next visit.
Remember, it often takes 10 days or longer for products to kill weeds. It’s not about how fast you knock those weeds down. It’s about knocking them out for good.
Dandelion Control in Minneapolis: RainMaster Can Help
You want a healthy lawn with fewer weeds, including those frustrating dandelions.
Choose a complete, proactive lawn care program that includes both preventative and curative treatments to target weeds spring through fall.
Battling weeds throughout the seasons will be part of a great company’s plan for your lawn. Just as important is nourishing your lawn so it grows healthy and thick. A thick lawn can better crowd out those dastardly weeds.
Consider it a team effort. Let’s create a custom nutrition plan for your lawn, so the roots will be nourished, the soil packed with nutrients, and your grass so thick and healthy, weeds will have a tough fight ahead of them.
But if they do show up, we’re ready.
Are you ready to stop battling lawn weeds like dandelions? Request a quote today! We’ll review your options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy your lawn and stop worrying about it.
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