Dandelions are the flowers that are usually adored by children, they cause joy and fun…unless you’re a lawn owner. Then you know that they’re nothing more than a rapidly spreading weed, ruining the look of the lawn and making all your efforts go in vain. The best way to stop it from growing is preventive products, but it’s also possible to get rid of it after it appears on the ground. Let’s review the best products and choose what’s suitable for you!
I have to warn you that we won’t be able to destroy all dandelions in the area. The point is, their seeds are placed on their «parachutes» and are easily spread by the wind for many kilometers around. That means even if you fully exterminate these weeds on your territory, there’s a big chance the new ones are going to be blown to your land from your neighbors. So, you should concentrate not only on killing the existing flowers but also on preventing the possible ones.
Top-5 best dandelion killers
First, let’s check the products to get rid of those dandelions which have already sprouted on the ground.
|Weed Beater Ultra, Weed Killer Concentrate||
|SURFLAN A.S PRE-Emergent HERBICIDE||
|Drexel De-Amine 4 -Same As- 2, 4-D Amine Weed Killer||
|Turf Builder Triple Action - Weed Killer & Preventer, Lawn Fertilizer||
|Weed B Gon Weed Killer for Lawns Concentrate||
1. Weed Beater Ultra, Weed Killer Concentrate – universal and powerful
The product kills almost all the weeds in your area without harming the lawn grass. It also acts very quickly: you’ll notice the first result in just a few hours! So, if you’re looking for a fast solution, that’s your option!
This substance is very easy to use with a garden sprayer. Moreover, a couple of hours after the application, you can stop being worried about the weather forecast: neither rain nor sun affects the result.
This product is relatively expensive but totally worth it.
- Rain resistance
- Special technology
- High price
2. SURFLAN A.S PRE-Emergent HERBICIDE – control over annual herbs and broad-leaved weeds
This herbicide has a long-lasting effect, which is appreciated among professionals. It’s most often used to prevent the appearance of new weeds on the site. The frequency of usage depends on how ‘clogged’ is your area.
The undeniable plus of the product is its color — it’s orange! It helps you understand if you’ve missed a spot of a flower because it’s very visible on the ground. After using this herbicide, I’ve noticed the number of weeds has significantly decreased.
Despite the seemingly confusing instruction, the use of the herbicide is very easy. Spraying the area won’t take long.
- Easy to use
- Preventive action
- Herbicide color
- Frequency of application
- Unclear instruction
3. Southern Ag Drexel De-Amine 4 -Same As- 2, 4-D Amine Weed Killer – for broad-leaved weeds
One of the most reliable brands — Southern Ag — has more than 70 years of experience in manufacturing herbicides. The product is developed according to the latest formula. Packing allows you to remove weeds in large areas: lawns, pastures, golf courses. Also, the substance can be used for commercial purposes.
The herbicide is easy to use by mixing the concentrate with water in the right proportions (according to the instructions). I advise you to use a garden sprayer for application, so it’s more convenient and not harming other plants. A big plus of this product is absolute safety for lawn grass.
- Economy (product highly concentrated)
- Wide range of actions
- Easy to use
- Ineffective against clover and cover plants
- Doesn’t kill wildflowers
- Frequency of treatments
4. Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action – kills, prevents and feeds
A truly universal remedy that includes not just a killer and preventer, but also a fertilizer. A wide range of effects on various plants is also worth attention. Prolonged action (about 4 months) will provide you with a beautiful and well-groomed lawn for the whole season.
The best time to use is spring. When used, for example, in July, there’s a risk of burning the lawn. For efficient use and immediate result, you just need to distribute the pellets evenly over the wet lawn. You must follow the instructions when calculating the required amount of product.
You might say it’s a bit expensive, but think about it: by buying it, you’re getting not only a high-quality preventer but also saving money on taking a fertilizer.
- Quick action
- Special technology
- Suitable for northern lawns
- Fertilizer in composition
- High price
5. Ortho Weed B Gon Weed Killer for Lawns Concentrate – quick result in large areas
The brand has been known on the herbicide market for more than 150 years. I think it says a lot about its effectiveness. The product is designed to combat not only dandelions but also field flowers. The composition of the agent allows you to almost completely destroy the weed, along with its root system. And it doesn’t affect lawn grass if used correctly.
The main advantage of this product is a quick result. Within a couple of hours after use, dandelions begin to die. The packaging of the product is ideal for large areas (parks, recreation areas) with many weeds. Therefore, it can be used not only for home but also for commercial purposes.
- Easy to use
- Water resistance (after 1 hour)
- Suitable for northern and southern lawns
- Acts on large and small weeds (over 250 species)
- Quick result
- Reusability in severely affected areas
- Kills lawn grass after several applications
Herbicides are considered to be the most effective way to fight dandelions, though some gardeners try to avoid them because they prefer non-chemical methods. However, they are indispensable if the weeds have flooded the lawn, and it’s simply impossible to handle them manually.
Chemicals kill the aboveground part of the dandelion and its rhizome. Therefore, it’s important to choose post-emergence herbicides and carry out all treatments in the basal leaf phase (before the weed blooms, and volatile seeds ripen on the heads).
Pricing Policy and Dosage
Unfortunately, a quality product won’t be cheap. If you want to get effective results, you’ll have to spend money.
If you choose from the products listed above, choose the ones that suit the parameters of the lawn. You can save money by buying the bigger pack: usually the bigger the package, the better the prices.
Effective herbicides will help achieve the result using only a few spoons of the substance. And when using cheaper analogs, you need to use not a few spoons, but several liters.
A spectrum of action and water resistance
An important aspect of choosing a particular post-emergence herbicide will be its water resistance. Some products don’t succumb to weather influences already an hour after application, while others may need about 5-6 hours to get the same resistance. If you live in a region where it rains a lot, consider this fact.
Be careful with multi-purpose herbicides (the ones that destroy not only dandelions). They have to be dosed and applied very carefully, because when used in the wrong way, they affect all the existing plants, including the grass. Moreover, the action of these substances is quite prolonged – they will depress the entire treated flora for several weeks.
Any product is diluted in water before application. They are sold in the form of granules or liquid. When mixing, don’t neglect the instructions specified by the manufacturer, and choose only the needed dose.
Ok, now you know not only how to kill dandelions, but also the best products to help you. Surely, the most convenient way is to prevent them overall, but those weeds are so fast and tricky, it’s not always possible. No worries: buy any products of the ones we’ve just reviewed, and enjoy a clean, beautiful lawn!