Daisies can be quite pretty, can't they? Many people enjoy picking them to making daisy chains, and the thought of walking barefoot through a meadow of daisies on a sunny day is a rather appealing one.
The RHS website even advises gardeners to think twice and "decide if you really want to combat these plants". But pretty or not, the common English daisy (Bellis perennis) is still a weed, and if you've got daisies in your garden, they're competing with your lawn for essential moisture and nourishment.
Here's how to get rid of daisies without damaging the grass around them.
Removing daisies organically
If you want to get rid of your daisies without using any chemicals, it may be worth investing in a daisy grubber - a handheld tool that looks like a narrow, two-pronged fork.
How do you use a daisy grubber? Simple: just dig it into the ground and use it to lever your daisies out of the soil. If you don't have a grubber, you can achieve much the same results with a kitchen knife that you're no longer using.
Try to make sure you remove the whole plant - it will only grow back otherwise.
Eradicating daisies with weed killer
If you don't want to go digging up your perfectly-manicured lawn, a selective weedkiller product (like lawn weed and feed) may be used to kill daisies without harming the surrounding grass.
Weed killers are ideal if there are daisies dotted all over your lawn and you don't have time to dig them up one by one!
Professional weed control for your lawn
It's notoriously difficult to get rid of daisies for good. Bellis perennis is a very versatile species - it can grow in all sorts of different environments (including heavily compacted soil), and even if you decapitate your daisies while mowing, they will usually grow back again quickly.
If you want to get your garden weeds permanently under control, you might want to consider calling in the professionals. We at Lawn & Weed Expert have been dealing with daisies, dandelions and all sorts of other weeds for many years now - give us a call on 0800 111 4958 to let us know how we can help you.
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