If you aren’t after a great dandelion greens salad or the fine medicinal purposes of dandelions, and you’d like to avoid using chemicals that will kill your grass along with the dandelions, then you have to resort to weeding to get rid of dandelions.

Don’t fret too much–it means you will get rid of the yellow polka-dots that can quickly take over your lawn and flower beds.

Getting rid of dandelions is not difficult, though some feel it is a losing battle. The key is to get the whole taproot, otherwise they reproduce. I try to spend ten minutes a day weeding a three-foot plot each time. That’s just a big-enough area to stay on top of it, and I feel like I accomplished something.

There are three easy steps to remember when weeding dandelions:

  1. Douse. They come out so much easier if the soil around them is wet. You can wiggle them around a little bit to identify where the taproot is. Moist soil helps this process.
  2. Dig Deep. Use a tool to dig deep and get to the bottom of that taproot. I find that if I don’t get it all, not only do the lovelies come back, they seem to get more firmly planted and more robust.
  3. Delete. This may be easier said than done. The little ones will come out pretty easily if you have followed steps one and two. The larger dandelions need a big, strong pull. If a little wedge didn’t do the trick, get out a shovel. It’s worth it in the long run to dig the taproot out completely.

Keep these tips in mind to help control your dandelion problem by digging up the taproots.