questions about dandelions and mowing

whip1 Zone 5 NE OhioMay 9, 2008

I applied Weed-B-Gone earlier, and now I'm focusing on mechanical removal. We had a few days of rain, and the dandelions went to seed. Do these plants just die off, or do they rebloom? Should I remove them or focus on the ones that haven't bloomed?

I just bought this house last fall. The dandelions at the old house were very upright, and the mower would cut them. Here, they seem to lay flat, and push the grass away. Are there different kinds of dandelions?

How important is alternating the direction you mow? There's a strip of grass on the side of the house that's about 20X100, and it's a pain to mow on the short direction. The rest of the yard I alternate.

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I purposely left a dandelion in my plant bed last year to find out if it will die in the winter. Spring came, she came back. I dug the soil and found out that root was 12" long. I did that because I was aware that they're roots are soft, easily breaks. So mowing I guess won't kill it.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 2:50PM
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Mowing won't kill dandelions. They bloom when the hours of sunlight fall in a certain range (I used to know the range, but have forgotten). But basically, they'll bloom for a few weeks in the spring and a few weeks in the fall. The same plant can bloom multiple times in the spring and in the fall.

If you've had a few days of rain, this is the perfect time to pull the dandelions because the soil will be damp, so the root is more likely to come out than to break. If it breaks off, the dandelion will grow back.

I use a weed hound to pull them. I step down on it, give it a twist and pull straight up by the knob on top. If you pull by the handle on the side, it may loosen and not pull the whole root out.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 4:49PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

BPGreen, It seems like the dandelions here bloom all summer long. It does seem like they all bloom at the same time in the spring.
At my old house, mowing the tops seemed to slow them down, and keep them from going to seed. The ones at the new house don't seem bothered at all by mowing.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 2:06PM
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