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Common Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

The common dandelion is viewed as a valuable herb by herbalists because of its medical and culinary uses, but for many it is seen as a weed. It is a perennial, a member of the sunflower family and can grow to a height of nearly 12 inches. Its distinctive yellow flower head turns into a ball of silver fruit, which blows away on the wind, often over a large area. Dandelions bloom from March until October and a single plan can produce more than 5,000 seeds a year.

Dandelions are an early source of nectar and so are popular with beekeepers.

The dark green leaves are not killed by close mowing due to their being so low-growing and, with a particular show of strength, can force its way through tarmac.

Treatment

Cutting at a low height of cut will remover flower heads only, so for complete removal either dig up by hand, including the roots, or use Crossbar Greenor or  Junction to control Dandelions on turf or  Gallup Biograde Amenity to control Dandelions on hard surfaces.

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