Daisies are one of the most familiar plants in gardens and lawns. This wild flower can invade any form of turf. Daisy’s blooms are attractive and they ever catch the attention of kids, butterflies and other pollinators. Let’s find out, are daisies weeds? If yes, how do we control them?
Yes, daisies are perennial weeds which are also known as common daisy or English daisy commonly found in lawns. They spread through short underground roots called rhizomes and can spread too via their seeds. They normally form a low growing dense mat that can tolerate both regular and close mowing.
Like dandelions, daises are hard to control when they establish in your turf. Most species aggressively spread from few clumps to a mass of plants within a short period of time. The plant can thrive in poor conditions making it to take advantage over your lawn grass. If not controlled, daisies can completely cover your lawn or garden.
What do Daisies Look Like? (Identification)
Daisies are very popular in most regions. Here is a breakdown of how you can identify daisy plants.
Leaves: Daisy’s leaves are spoon shaped or rounded with a smooth surface. Leaves measures between 2cm-4 cm in length but they can grow larger and longer if the turf is not disturbed.
Flowers: Each daisy produces a distinct of solitary white and yellow flowers, whereby the inner florets are yellow in color and the outer part being white, it can be also be pinkish or red.
Flowers can easily be removed during mowing and can grow back again very quick during growing season. They open when theirs sunlight and closes at night or during dull days.
Roots: Daisy has fibrous root systems which supply’s nutrients and hold the plant. It spreads by seeds and rhizomes which are short underground roots.
When do Daisies Bloom.
Daisy normally blooms during the late spring and continues until early fall. During blooming period they requires attention because they tend to droop over in normal conditions. If this happens you are in for short blooming season.
Daisies flowers are insect pollinated and can be self-compactible. Its seeds can germinate in all conditions whereby the seedling emerges from early March to October with its peak being in June and September.
How to Control Daisies in your Lawn
In order to control the spread of daisy in your lawn you can try the following:
- Use a daisy grabber: This is a hand tool that has long thin blades, you need to insert it on the ground and dig out the weed ensuring you have pull out the rhizomes and the root system.
- Weeding knife: A weeding knife is used to remove daisies in pavements as it has a hook blade which is designed for weeding weeds between paving slabs.
- Hand pulling: You simply identify the daisy weed and pull it with your hand ensuring to take as much of the root system with flowers as you can, for this will prevent regrowth.
- Weed killer: This is normally used in large lawns that have been infested by daisies, selective weed killer such as Evergreen Premium Plus Weed Control Lawn Food can be used to treat only the affected areas on the lawn. Always make sure you have read the instruction carefully.
- Systematic weed killer: Use systematic weed killer such as Weedol Ps Pathclear Weedkiller to clear daisies that have accumulated on the pavements. Cover your plants with plastic sheets to prevent the weed killer from killing your plants then spray the selected daisies on the lawn.
Daisy weeds do not tolerate long grass because their leaves have limited power of elongation. Always mow your lawn as this will reduce the seed production. Remember to always read and follow manufacturer’s instruction on the rates you are supposed to use when dealing with chemicals to control weeds in your lawn.