alternatives to pesticides - weeds - dandelion
Dandelions have a long thick tap root that stores food reserves. Dandelion seeds are dispersed by wind.
Minimize them by not allowing the flower to go to seed. Mow lawns often to keep the flowers from maturing. In flower or ornamental plant beds, use a deep organic mulch to reduce their numbers.
Hand dig them out, removing as much of the root as possible. Spot treating with boiling water is an effective control, especially when you pull the weed first and treat the root. In lawns, removing dandelions leaves small bare areas where new weed seed can germinate. Spread a little grass seed in those spots to prevent weeds from establishing