Those weeds you have that look like dandelions are, in all probability,
dandelions. If all the neighbors within about a twenty five mile radius
don't also get rid of theirs, you'll most likely never eliminate yours.
Napalm is only good for a season or two and Agent Orange is pretty much off
the market. Just keep on pulling and do it before they go to seed.
A focussed spray of Zero onto broadleaf weeds does the trick. Within
10 days you'll have unsightly patches of browned off weeds everywhere,
two weeks later they'll have disappeared and the lawn will have closed
Too true. The little two-pronged fork with a "bulge" on its back is ideal
for levering real dandelions out of a lawn. With one deft rocking motion
the whole plant comes out. Very satisfying!
Dandelions in the lawn are frequently an indicator that your soil in that
area is badly compacted and/or poorly drained.
I know the OP asked about the weeds that only look like dandelions, and
yes we have them here in Australia.
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
If it looks like a dandelion or smells like a dandelion it can be
removed by a weed twister. The weed twister and several other
back-saving weed removal tools are identified at the World of Weeds at
You can save the weed, save your back, or have your cake and eat it
too! (Too many choices?)
We do have a few dandelions, and these other weeds look different, and
I notice them in many other yards in the NW area. I have pulled them,
but new ones pop up now and then, sometimes in mass qantities. I also
used a weed killer spray, which also worked, but again, they just come
back. I'm thinking now maybe by killing/pulling them AND doing more to
get the grass to proliferate, the grass will take over eventually, but
other than water and fertilize, I don't know if there is anything else
that will help that cause.
Get your favorite long-handled tool in your hands, and work, work,
Do it every day!
It's good exercise.
Google "weed tools" for options, if you don't already have a goot set
I suspect what you have may be Hieracium spp., hawkweeds. Do they have
long stems on the "flowers"? If so, see:
Easiest control in small areas seems to be to pull them as soon as the
rains start, and reseed with good quality lawn seed.
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