War on Weeds: Know Your Enemy

September 23, 2009 § 1 Comment

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been waging war on the dandelions and catsears (also known as false dandelions) in our yard.  They’ve been growing pretty much unchecked in our backyard for some time. Given the size of the plants and their roots, I would be surprised if it’s been years since someone tried to manage the problem. 

The best way to attack any problem is understand what you’re dealing with.  Here’s what I’ve learned about these two weeds:

  • Dandelions and catsears are perennials. This means that they survive longer than just a year or two.
  • Unless you pull out all of the main root, which is called the taproot, they’ll keep coming back.
  • Mowing regularly will lop off the flower and help prevent new plants from growing.
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