Dandelion

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Identifying dandelions

The dandelion is a broadleaf perennial that can sprout and grow in any soil where there is abundant sunlight. In the early spring, new sprouts buried up to 3 feet deep will emerge from the taproot. As they continue to grow they develop bright yellow flowers that mature and turn into white puffballs containing seeds that spread with the wind to other lawns. As they disappear in the fall, the taproot survives deep in the soil restarting the cycle again in the spring.

As dandelions grow they thrust out healthy grass and other plants while stripping out their water and nutrients. Dandelion control is very difficult due to their mature floating seeds spreading with the wind.