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How To Kill Catsear | Flatweed | Dandelion

Catsear and Flatweed are one in the same, but with different names. Dandelion is a different species, but the two plants look similar, have similar characteristics, and are treated the same. For these reasons, we've included the two weeds in the same article. While these two plants are often mistaken for one another, a simple and quick investigation can quickly separate the two.

Dandelion
Dandelion in seed

Catsear / Dandelion Description

Catsear and Dandelion are perennial herbs which often become a nuisance in the home lawn. It has a deep tap root able to withstand dry conditions that can usually degrade a lawn, however, these weeds will survive. On maturing, the yellow flowers become the fluffy white balls we all remember as kids. While picking the stems and blowing away the hundreds of little parachutes, little did we realise we were just spreading weeds, albeit while enjoying this innocent childhood experience.

Catsear Dandelion
Catsear

Catsear Medicinal Properties

People in Europe consider Catsear and Dandelion to have medicinal properties, and regularly consume these edible herbs. The new leaves of young plants are used in stir-fries, soups and salads, while the tap root is often roasted and brewed like a coffee.


Cultural Management Of Catsear / Dandelion

The continuing life cycle of the catsear and dandelion can be controlled by regular lawn mowing whenever its flowers or seed heads are apparent. By constant removal of its seeds, the weed misses its only means of reproducing. Hand pulling is also an easy and effective treatment, as well as hoeing over the small seedlings.


Catsear Herbicides

Both Selective and Non Selective Herbicides can be used to easily control Catsear and Dandelion. Herbicides are readily available at nurseries, and are easily applied with excellent results in removing both catsear and dandelion, herbicides are generally sold in a concentrated form which require dilution with water prior to application. Application is usually with a spraying bottle, or in some cases a watering can can be used.


Prevalent
Year Round Dependant On Location


Treatment Times
Autumn Best - Otherwise When Evident


Botanical Name
Hypochaeris radicata (Catsear)
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)


Life Cycle
Perennial




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