|Common Dandelion ( Taraxacum officinale)|
I have an update on my dandelion problem. We partially gave in to chemical & treated the front lawn with a 'weed & feed' this week, but I am experimenting with a couple of 'organic' weed treatments in the backyard where the kids spend most of their outside play time.
The scientist in me has created an experiment. I read somewhere that boiling water kills plants & that makes sense to me... so I'm trying a couple of things. I've created 5 plots in my backyard with 4 treatments and 1 control.
1) pour very hot, but not yet boiling water onto the plants
- My hypothesis: the top will be killed right away, but the root will come back.
|hot water plot|
2)boiling water straight out of the pot onto the plants.
-My hypothesis: again, that this will just kill the top, but not enough of the root.
|boiling water plot|
3)only pull the weeds with my weed puller
-My hypothesis: I won't get enough root to kill most of the plants
|pull only plot|
4)use my weed puller & pull out as much of the dandelion as I can and then will pour some boiling water down the hole.
-My hypothesis:that this will kill the root & hopefully not as much of the surrounding grass.
|pull and boiling water|
5) control - no treatment (though I will remove flowers so that I'm not increasing my problem!
|control (but removing flowers)|
I'll keep you update with results...
Happy Dandelion Control & Gardening!!! :}
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