|Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)|
I have dandelions everywhere in my yard and this spring I started looking for a non-chemical control method that would be family friendly in hopes of ending the invasion. I ended up using chemical on my front lawn and set up an experiment in my back lawn to try one common and one not-so-common weed control method.
I set up five plots in my yard. One was a control and the other four I used hot water, boiling water, pull only or boiling water and pulling in combination to see if I could come up with an effective non-chemical control method.
Two weeks ago I pulled dandelions and boiled water all day. Honestly, I almost gave up on the project shortly after I started it, but decided I would get some valuable information if I followed through with it (besides what would I tell you! Thanks for keeping me accountable!) Now I have some tentative results to share with you.
Hot Water: I abandoned this application before I started it. I decided that while I expect the top to be killed, that there was no way that it would kill enough root to kill the whole plant and therefore was a waste of my time and energy.
|Pull and Boiling Water|
I will keep you updated on my final results, but I have come to two conclusions already.
1) If you do not want to kill all of the vegetation around the dandelion boiling water is not a good choice, but it is a good killer if you are looking to kill weeds in driveway or sidewalk cracks. I plan to replace the use of Round-up with this application in many places.
2) All applications are too labor intensive and time consuming for an overwhelming 'infestation' of dandelions. Unfortunately, I will be using chemical to get an upper hand on the dandelions before next winter. Depending on the final results of this experiment I will use one or more of these methods for spot control following years. No more neglecting the few in my yard!
Happy Gardening (and Experimenting)! :)