when do daisies bloom

Daisies are a native, perennial plant that can be found in most lawns across the UK. Many of us have great memories of plucking these off the school field and creating daisy chains, but as cute as they are, daisies are considered a weed by most gardeners. 

Knowing when daisies bloom can help you be prepared for their emergence so you can deal with them quickly and efficiently! So, when do daisies bloom?

What time of year do daisies bloom?

Like most plants, daisies bloom seasonally. The first daisies start to emerge in spring (March) and the last daisies of the year bloom at the start of autumn (October) when the weather starts to get colder again. 

If autumn/winter happens to be very mild one year, daisies can continue to bloom all year round, but their most prevalent blooming months are April to June when growing conditions are perfect. 

Daisies are one of the most common lawn weeds because they can grow pretty much anywhere. Whether your soil is acidic or alkaline, aerated or compacted, daisies will find a way to bloom. It's important that you keep your eye out for daisy blooms and choose a daisy management strategy that works for you.

How can I manage daisies blooming in my lawn?

If you want to manage the daisies in your lawn there are a few different approaches you can take. For small patches of daisies, you should be able to remove them by hand using a sharp gardening tool eg. shears. 

To remove larger patches of daisies, you should mow your lawn regularly. Bear in mind that mowing the lawn is great for removing the daisy blooms, but it might not prevent the daisies from spreading to other areas of your garden in the future. Any daisy heads that land on the soil could germinate and create a new daisy problem.

Read more: How to Remove Daisies from Your Lawn

Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we offer professional weed removal services that will help you get a daisy infestation under control in no time! Give us a call on 0800 111 4958 if you have any questions.

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Healthy green grass

Grass is a living thing, and like any living thing, grass has certain needs that must be fulfilled if it's going to keep living.

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why is my lawn covered in worm casts

When you're striving to achieve a perfect, mess-free lawn, the last thing you want to see are worm casts popping up all over the place. Today we take a closer look at what worm casts are, where they come from and how you can get rid of them. 

What are worm casts?

Worm casts are a sign of earthworm activity, they're little heaps of soil that get ejected onto the surface of your lawn out of the worm's digestive tract. While worm casts might seem like an unwelcome addition to your lawn, they're actually perfectly normal and can indicate that your lawn is nice and healthy. Earthworms are beneficial for your soil and also provide a tasty snack for garden birds. 

Why is my lawn suddenly covered in worm casts?

If you've noticed a sudden influx in the number of worm casts on your lawn, it's probably due to a change in weather. Earthworms thrive in damp weather which is why your lawn might be covered in worm casts during autumn and damp winter months. It's common for you to notice more worm casts covering your lawn in the mornings as worms are most active at night. The ground at night is cooler, damper and the worms can feed on the surface without worrying about predation from birds and other animals.

Positives of worm casts in your lawn

While you might consider the worms in your lawn to be pests, they're actually quite good for your soil (as long as there aren't too many of them!) As earthworms munch their way through your soil they loosen thatch forming in the grass and they help to break down organic material, providing nutrients to the soil.

The movement of earthworms through the soil also aerates the soil, loosens compacted dirt and can help key elements like food, water and air circulate around the roots of your grass.

What if I don't want my lawn to be covered in worm casts?

There are definitely some benefits to having worms in your lawn, but we understand that some gardeners strive fo a really pristine look - which means the worm casts have to go! 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get rid of worm casts is to use a brush or dense rake to brush the dirt back over the lawn. When you mow the lawn, the worm casts will be pressed down into the soil again. 

Applying topsoil to a lawn that's been damaged by worm casts can help to level out any irregular lumps and bumps. A good layer of topsoil will also help to revive plants that have withered around the worm casts, so don't miss this step in your lawn care routine.

Lawn maintenance is the key to reducing worm casts.

The most efficient way to prevent worm casts from covering your lawn  is to keep your lawn well-maintained all year round with a proper lawn care programme. Think about it, worms favour grass that's compacted and waterlogged. If you keep your lawn in good condition, earthworms are much less likely to infest it!

Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we can offer you a range of services to keep your lawn in tip-top condition, including a regular maintenance program. From, weed control, to lawn fertilising and scarification, our team can do it. We even provide a range of pest control services to help you keep critters like earthworms, leatherjackets and moles at bay. Learn more about our pest control services below. 

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If you've had enough of your lawn being covered in worm casts, and you'd like us to attend your property for a FREE, no-obligation survey, fill in the form below and a member of our team will get back to you.

 

A healthy green lawn

Lawn feeds contain a number of essential nutrients that keep grass green and healthy. The most important of these are nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K).

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are birds good for your garden

Seeing birds in your garden is a sign that you're doing things right! Birds are important creatures that contribute to a healthy garden & they're attracted to diverse and healthy gardens. The key to a flourishing garden is to make sure that every plant and organism in it is fully supported within the eco-system. When the balance of wildlife in your garden shifts you can end up with infestations amongst other problems. That's why it's important to entice birds into your garden all year round.

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