DANDELION INFESTATION

This is somewhat outdoors  related.  I never used to have dandelions in my yard, but the past two years I have had an epidemic of them.  They blow across the street from Sleepy Hollow park.  I can't control the dandelions in the park, but I need them to stop overtaking my yard.  I have had it professionally sprayed last spring and it reduced the numbers but didn't exterminate and now this year they are back worse than ever.  I even put down weed killer and fertilizer on the lawn right after the snow melt.  Someone please offer me a product that will kill these pesky buggers.  Thanks in advance!

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2-4D Amine works well.

 

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Two Four D.  Make sure ya get the real stuff though, not the junk ya buy at the hardware store, it is way too diluted down.  You must know a farmer who can hook ya up with some.  No matter what you use though if the the park across the street is full of them it will be somewhat of a battle every year, but if you spray the right amount of 24D at the right time of year it will fry the little buggers and keep em away for the summer.

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tell the city to spray the damn park  that what i
would do

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I too live right across from an area with TONS of them.  I used to try and do it myself but now I pay someone who knows what they are doing to do it.  Haven't had a dandelion since and I've wasted WAY more money in the bar in one night than what it costs.  I believe they spray 3 or 4 times a year, well worth the money IMO.   

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curtail is the best there is that i know of. if im not mistaken you dont need to be certified to buy it. It will also take care of your thistle and any other broadleaves you have.

Y'all call me a paranoid gun-nut now, but we all know who you're going to be running to for help when the zombies show up.
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also curtail is like roundup on broadleaves it wont damage your grass though. they wont come back next year either but you may need to do two shots to get them under control

Y'all call me a paranoid gun-nut now, but we all know who you're going to be running to for help when the zombies show up.
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Would also recommend the Amine 400 2-4D


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Jiffy,

PM me with who you use....  And do they also apply fertlizer???

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Depends on how many but what I do is soak toothpicks in round-up and the next day let them dry and take them and push them down the stem and use a pliers or something to countersink them. This kills the root a secret from a old greenskeeper. This works on all weeds I have done.

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moultree Said:
Depends on how many but what I do is soak toothpicks in round-up and the next day let them dry and take them and push them down the stem and use a pliers or something to countersink them. This kills the root a secret from a old greenskeeper. This works on all weeds I have done.

Great, now I need a tree's worth of toothpicks and about 400 volunteers to get'er done.

Seriously, that sounds like a pretty nifty trick for someone who only has a handful.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain

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Last year I got real tired of all the dandelions in my yard. I went to Cenex and bought 1 gallon of 2-4D with amine. Mixed in in the hose end sprayer. 5 teaspoons per gallon.  Now my almost dandelion free yard is surrounded by yards full of dandelions. By the way the spray killed virtually every weed in my yard. I wish the neighbors would figure it out and spray their yards.  

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Allen Said:

Great, now I need a tree's worth of toothpicks and about 400 volunteers to get'er done.

HAHAHHAHA!!

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Is Curtail safe around trees?

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For the do it yourself people, here is a bit of advice!!!! Read and then re-read the labels on how and when to apply any chemical. Most people assume the chemical at Ace hardware is somehow less potent than the chemical a farmer or lawn care operation may use. It is not! Formulation wise it is the same.

Why it does not work most times is about application mistakes. Put on before a rain, or when outside temps are to high, or both or not in the proper amount or without enough water to properly activate it. Etc.......

Plus for products that contain 24D Amine while not as volatile as 24D Ester it is subject to vaporizing and drifting. Which can cause no or little weed kill in the applied area and your neighbors trees, bushes and flowers will be dead or dying!

These pesky weeds are best killed in the fall like most weeds or when they are first coming out of the ground. I have a neighbor who simply will not control weeds. The other neighbors and I have chipped in and pay to have the yard sprayed each fall the last 3-4 years. One application a year and now the yard is almost dandelion free as well as thistle free!!!

Some may wonder why we do it, but our own yards where suffering as a result of her!

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!

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I second the Curtail. I've only needed to use it every other year. Like he said, it's a broad leaf killer, best to stay away from the trees. I didn't have any issues spraying with the four wheeler. Use a tip that sprays large droplets. As for the 2-4D, be carefull if tomatoes (even your neighbor's) get a whiff of that they're done.

Education will tell you a tomato is a fruit, while wisdom will tell you not to put it in a fruit salad.

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trees wouldnt like it very much for sure. just stay away from them with the 4 wheeler and spray closer to them with a hand sprayer. honestly i work with farm chems for a living curtail is the best that i know of.

Y'all call me a paranoid gun-nut now, but we all know who you're going to be running to for help when the zombies show up.
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i agree also witht he above post. 24d will get up and move in humid hot conditions. curtail isnt as bad. the bad thing it isnt cheap.

Y'all call me a paranoid gun-nut now, but we all know who you're going to be running to for help when the zombies show up.
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One other thing to remember is to alternate between different weed killers.  Continued use (maybe that should be misuse) of weed sprays tend to help the local weeds become more tolerant of whatever you are using.  

In other words, use a 2-4D amine this spring, then use either a 2-4D ester in the fall or for the next spring application.  

Another problem I have seen, and been guilty of, is using too strong of a mix and over application.  The plants tend to shut down if hit really hard in order to weather the storm, so to speak.  Again, this helps breed resistance and also leads to more drift problems onto trees and other stuff that you didn't intend to whack.

My juneberries are just now starting to look healthy again after I sprayed 2-4D amine near them one year to go after dandelions and thistle.  That must have been 3 years ago.

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I had the same problem last year, worst I've ever seen! I sprayed with 2-4-D in the spring then again this past fall. This year I could count the number of dandelions I have in my yard (2 acres) on 1 hand!
I won't spray this spring again, but will again this fall. Wish my neighbors would do the same!!

 
As said above, use proper mixes and application. I've also heard a bit of dawn dishsoap or diesel fuel in the mix will help control the drifting and make it stick more. Haven't tried it yet, but haven't needed to yet either. Both times I sprayed I did it a couple hours before dark and made sure the wind was calm as possible.

I have new trees surrounding my yard as well, and I didn't lose any to the spray, but I was careful around them and used the hand wand instead of the booms

The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard

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I have a question concerning this..........

If you have dogs in your yard but you need to
get rid of the dandelions, which products are
safe to use?  I do have dandelions where
the dogs run, but I'm a little afraid of using a
product that would also harm them.

Any advice?

Thank You

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"The louder you scream, the faster we come"

 
 

 

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lock the dogs up till its dry on the leaves but it doesnt hurt to give it alittle extra time.

Y'all call me a paranoid gun-nut now, but we all know who you're going to be running to for help when the zombies show up.
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 Careful with curtail, if you mix heavy you will burn the piss out of your lawn. Most of it will come back but i had a little bit of a heavy tank mix this year and the grass did not come back in patches. But i will 2nd the use of curtail.  

2-4D is a general broadleaf killer its whats in your weed-b-gone in hardware store. Someone had asked about trees. 2-4d will kill young small trees yes but is pretty safe as long as they are not seedlings. 

 Norm

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Anyone ever try the "F/S Dandelion Killer" weed rollers?  Concept looks interesting, it's a gravity fed wick style application that would pretty much eliminate any overspray or drifting issues.  I believe they are manufactured in West Fargo by F/S Manufacturing. 

Sure would be nice not to have to worry too much about how windy it is when you need to spray.  Around here there aren't many days when it's calm enough to spray anything lately.

Just wondering if anyone had any experience with them and how well they work.  They look quite expensive for a frame, tank, some hose, and a foam roller.  $449 according to their website, Ouch! 

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Is Curtail labeled for use on residental lawns???  It used to be, but I think they changed the label because of the residual found in the lawn sweepings that was used for mulch in gardens.

Works great on dandelions though, especially a fall application.