WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Dandelions are one of the most common weeds in Kansas. You can find them in lawns and gardens, among other grassy areas.
Being a weed, they are often undesirable. So, how do you get rid of them?
“It’s a little bit late to get a good kill,” Johnson said. “But, if you’ve got a lot of them, I’d like to get in there and stop them. Maybe you’re going to stop some from setting more seed and being a problem later on.”
As dandelions are resilient, they can be found in the cracks of driveways and sidewalks too.
“I like to use something like the Killszall because you know you’re going to get a good kill down to the roots,” said Johnson.
If you’re wanting a more natural remedy to get rid of dandelions, you can use boiling water, rubbing alcohol, pure vinegar or a vinegar mixture. To use boiling water, all you have to do is pour it directly onto the leaves, pouring enough to reach the roots. After a few hours, the leaves should turn brown. You can then pull them out, root and all. For rubbing alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol, you can mix two tablespoons of it with one quart of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and then spray the leaves. The mixture sucks the moisture from the leaves, killing the plant. As for pure vinegar, you can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and wet the leaves. The leaves will wither and turn brown. Pull the dandelions out and be sure to rinse the area with water.
Dandelions are perennials. Their flowering period is from April to September, one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.
“The best prevention is by applying a weed killer in the fall, about late October, early November. That’s going to stop you even from seeing the weeds in the lawn,” Johnson said.
However, dandelions aren’t all bad. They are beneficial for many insects and pollinators such as bees. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the plant is used for a variety of conditions, including infections and digestive symptoms. As a food, dandelion is used as a salad green and in soups, wine, and teas. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute.
If opting to get rid of dandelions, consider planting flowers in their place to help out pollinators.