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Dandelion Dilemma: How to Get Rid of Dandelions in Your Lawn

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weed control despite what some marketing gimmicks and messaging may have you assume. Manufacturers of weed control products make it seem easy to spray your lawn with their product and it will address all of your problems.

That’s because we all want simplicity in life and we love the idea of a product that “does it all.”

But in reality, different weeds often require different weed control solutions.

Grassy weeds, like crabgrass, can be some of the more difficult weeds to control, mostly due to their aggressive nature and ability to reproduce and multiply so quickly. 

But broadleaf weeds, like dandelions, tend to be easier to tackle. That’s good news since dandelions in New England lawns tend to be quite prevalent!

In this article, we’ll talk about how to address your dandelion dilemma. If your lawn looks like many others in the Northeast seacoast area, it’s probably full of these pesky yellow flowers. Fortunately, we can help you get rid of dandelions in the grass.

How to Get Rid of Dandelions in Your Lawn

Despite its cute-sounding name, the dandelion is an irritating yard pest. The word “dandelion” loosely translates to “lion’s teeth.” This weed got its name from the tooth-like leaf serrations it produces. 

Dandelions are a troublesome weed in the lawn because they are fast-growing and hardy. Seeds can blow around and spread if not treated. But the good news is that with the right weed control product you can effectively control them.

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The best way to get rid of dandelions is with broadleaf weed control. 

It’s important to get rid of dandelions in grass in the spring because they will otherwise reappear in the fall. Dandelions are a perennial weed and even though they may die off at the surface, they’re just going to come back if not treated.

Broadleaf weed control products work when a weed is actively growing. It is during this time that the weed control product will translocate throughout the weed and effectively kill it.

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As with any weed, your lawn care professional must keep up with treatments throughout the season. Weeds are sadly not a “once-and-done” thing. They’re going to keep trying to come back. You’ll need to take an aggressive approach to weed control in order to get the upper hand.

To get the best results, it’s also important that you’re working with the best lawn care provider. Weed control products are not all created equally as some people assume. There may be more than a dozen choices when it comes to professional products, and you want to make sure you’re working with a company that’s choosing what’s best. 

Unfortunately, there are always going to be some companies that try to maximize profit by using cheap products and subpar services.

A Word on Weeds and Dandelions in New England Lawns

Keep in mind that dandelions in the Northeast are just one of many weeds we deal with in this region

Other common culprits include oxalis, crabgrass, chickweed, and white clover, just to name some. With so many different types of weeds plaguing our region, it’s important to work with a lawn care professional who will know what’s needed to tackle them. 

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As we mentioned earlier, different weeds often require different solutions. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that’s going to work on all weeds. 

The time of the year also has an impact on the best approach to weed control in New England. Different types of weeds are going to thrive at different times of the year. Your lawn care provider must be switching up what they’re offering and not just taking a blanket approach. 

While people tend to think about weeds in the springtime, the truth is that they are nearly a year-round problem. The winter is the only respite we get from weeds.

A Healthier Lawn that Chokes Out Weeds

There’s no doubt about it that weed control products are needed to get rid of dandelions in the grass. Even when you take all the right steps and grow a healthy lawn, weeds are still going to pop up. They are opportunistic growers, always looking for a chance to invade.

That being said, you can still help naturally choke out weeds over time by growing a thick and healthy lawn. When your lawn is thin due to problems like lack of nutrients, grub damage, or diseases, weeds have a better chance of invading and spreading.

But when your lawn is thick and healthy, the weeds are going to have to compete with your thriving turf. In many cases, they’re going to get choked out.

That’s why part of weed control is also keeping up with a regular lawn care program that promotes healthy growth. You want to fill in bare spots and grow thick grass that crowds weeds out.

The best way to do this is with a professional partner in lawn care.

Choosing Lawn Care in Northeastern Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, and Southern Maine

Seacoast Turf Care takes New England weeds like dandelions seriously. We provide lawn care services in Southern NH, Southern Maine, and Northeastern Massachusetts. 

We know lawn weeds are often one of the biggest sources of frustration for homeowners. We take a science-based approach to all of our lawn care services. That includes promoting a thick and healthy lawn that is going to start to naturally choke out weeds on its own.

In time, the healthier your lawn is, the fewer weed control products you’ll need to keep weeds out. Many New England weeds struggle to creep into a thick lawn! That means when you partner with us, you’ll be able to let go of your weedy worries and simply get back to enjoying your lawn to the fullest.

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