Delineations in a Winnipeg park.
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Dandelions bring nutrients up from the deeper soil. The rabbits eat them on my front lawn and a fake owl plus our cats let out peridically keep the rabbits out of our back yard.
I find if left unmanaged or if grass not maintained with overseeding and compost or good soil they can get a bit out of control so during the dandelion season I wait for the lawn to be damp from rain or water it and pull some out carefully with a weed puller and by hand to get entire root. If it very dry they some times come out completely with a good grip of all the leaves and a few gentle tugs.
If no time just mow with bagger before they go to seed.
There is more human and environmentally friendly method to manage (not eradicate) without toxic chemicals that are harmful to humans, pets, wild life, bees and other insects.
One lawn maintenance process to consider including that is more natural is using corn gluten meal (CGM) to prevent or limit weed seeds from germinating. More about this and other natural lawn maintenance tips below.
Many garden centres carry CGM or a trademarked version of it, and it can be purchased at Feed Rite Mills (17 Speers Rd, 233.8418) and Sage Garden Herbs (3410 St.Mary’s Rd., 257.2715). Every consecutive year you apply CGM – assuming proper timing and rate – should give you better results than the year before.
There are an awful lot of misconceptions about how corn gluten meal works. As turf grass expert Dr. Nick Christians discovered at Iowa State University, corn gluten meal—a by-product of cornstarch manufacture—has the ability to prevent successful germination of weed seeds—and pretty much all other seeds too.
It will fertilize your lawn, and prevent the growth of new weeds. Because it prevents seeds from sprouting, make sure you wait 60 days after application before spreading grass seed. Corn Gluten can also be used to fertilize shrubs and transplants. As a fertilizer, corn gluten can be applied at any time of year.