Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.
Comand next we're going to learn all about how to pull dandelion weeds.
Now, we all havebeautiful gardens, and beautiful yards, and nice grassy areas in our garden that are justmeticulously perfect, when we get a chance to work on them in the summertime.
Then, allof a sudden Fall comes around and I notice I have little dandelions coming up all overin the lawn and in the garden and I really don't want them.
They have little pretty yellowflowers on them.
People think they're beautiful, a lot of people actually leave them becausethey have a pretty yellow flower on them but I don't want them in my garden and I eight-sixthem whenever I find them and there are a few different ways that you can do that.
Youcan tell this is a dandelion because it has broad leaves that look almost like lettuceand it doesn't have the little yellow flower on it right now, so that's not giving it away,but I know it's not a flower that I want in my garden because it does look like lettuceand it looks like a little dandelion.
The easiest way to get it out is just by pullingit out and, in the flower beds, that's easy to do.
I just kind of go to the bottom ofit and twist it around and I actually kind of dig into the dirt, just a bit, and thenI pull.
The most important part of pulling a dandelion is getting all these little rootsbecause if it breaks off, it's just going to grow new leafs, you've got to get everylittle piece of the root out of there because even the little pieces, sometimes, will regenerateand it'll start more dandelions.
So, it's not always that easy but if you're persistent,you will win.
Now I have a dandelion in my grass and, from my experiences, when I tryto go down there and pull it, most of the time I just get the leaves and not the root.
So, I found a easy trick, that my husband's not to thrilled about but it works well forme, and as long as you clean that screwdriver before you put it away and your husband getshome, it works really well.
So, I just go down all the way around it and just kind ofpull up and I just kind of go in a circle and just kind of keep rocking it and justloosening up the soil, right around where the roots would be.
Eventually, I'm pullingup the whole plant and some grass, it seems, but you can always put the little bit of grassback or, I've found, just by pulling out some of these broad leaves out of your yard, itgets more air in there and the grass will fill right in, so it's a really easy way todo it.
Now I've got an area here where the broad leaves are kind of taking over my grassand I'm not to happy about it.
I would probably go out and buy some weed killers and somethingthat I can find at the garden center to work to kill it but I don't want it because I havemy water feature right near here and that's where my birds hang out and I know if I putbroad leaf killer on there, the water's probably going to end up in my little pond and I don'tknow what kind of chemicals are in there and I can't believe that they are good for mybirds.
So, an easy way to kill a lot of broad leaves, is just by putting hot boiling wateron them.
So, I just try to go to the center of where they are at and make sure and putsome hot boiling water on them, you just go a little bit at a time.
As you can see, they'rekind of just acting like they are cooking and they're kind of just dying down.
Of course,I need a lot more than that for this area and I might even take a few trips but, eventually,I will kill those broad leaves.
An easy way, just to get some new grass, and I've donethis without even killing the broad leaves first and it's worked pretty well, is justput some potting soil or compost over the area, where you've got a lot of dandelionsor broad leaves, and, especially, in the Spring and the Fall, I try to do it every Springand Fall, I go through my yard and wherever there's a bunch of broad leaves I'll put somesoil down and a bunch of grass so make sure it's perennial grass, the kind that's notgoing to die over the Wintertime, and it's the right grass for your area and I put justa ton of grass seed in here and water it well and it'll water with the rain in the Falland, eventually, over a couple of years, I've killed almost all of the broad leaves andthe dandelions in my garden.