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I find common salt - you know the type you use for cooking - will kill a dandelion right down to the root - yes it leave you a white patch in your lawn, but that soon grows over!
I'll try the salt option too but plan to double up withg a feed and weed approach too. I'm Clive from Ipswich.
Salt-now thats a new one on me. Will try this as im overrun with them all over my garden, but I need to save a few for the guinea pigs!!
i will to try the salt approach though i have spent around 2 hours on my hands and knee's digging them out. im hoping the salt will kill any roots that may remain. thanks gav from


In the words of Mrs Beeton (about dandelions): Cut the tops off in the spring, and place a pinch of salt on the fresh wound. Lovely. Thanks for all your tips above, I will be getting out there with the salt, any moment now...
Eat the dandelions, don't kill them! These plants are one of the first flowers in spring and the bees love them. The flowers are also edible and taste sweet and look good in salads. I cut the yellow petals off with a pair of scissors. The bitter leaves are also very good for you. If they are too bitter, add a oil and vinegar dressing to disguise the flavour. The roots make an excellent coffee. An all round good plant!
I have heard that jeyes fluid is very good for the soil when used in the autumn, is this right and how much do I use?

salt will kill them alright. it will also remain in the soil - it does not decompose -  and kill anything else. jeyes fluid will also render the soil sterile. the earth is our mother  in many different ways, treat her with respect, do not damage her.

i think dandelions are ok, they are a good herb, and can be eaten, and good for the wild life, they should be left alone,keep them down by gathering them for salads and soups ext, full of vitimin c.
I too have found salt an ideal method of killing off dandelions, whether in lawn, borders or paving (until recentlyI had a neighbour who grew them because she liked the flower). Only a small amount of salt is needed and I find the salt cellar from my condiment set ideal to apply this

Derek's right . Salt really isn't the solution.

Will salt damage any other plants .....?

The short answer is can be pretty corrosive so you should take care where you apply it

I shall bee very carefull, thanks ......


young leaves yummy in salad

elbow grease is the answer that im sure no-one wants to hear i just dig the soil around them as deep as possible and pull them up manually. no chemicals used, and i find it therapeutic holding a near foot long piece of root in my hand! nothing satisfies more than a bit of good old fashioned hard work

Digging will not get rid of every bit of the roots , no matter how much you dig out.....!!!!
Thomas Wilkinson2

I love Dandelions! I try and let them just do their thing! when they establish well they get such huge sunny yellow flowers! I don't understand why people dislike them so much! 

I feed the leaves to my tortoises. I find that after routinely picking all the leaves off the same plant time and again has weakend those growing in the lawn (as they havn't been able to produce their own food) and naturally 'killed off' the tap root. No digging, no chemicals, no dandilions in the lawn!