Daisies can grow in almost any type of soil. From acidic to alkaline, they thrive in virtually any green space. There are several reasons why people want to remove them from their lawns. The most common reason is that the plant appears invasive or out of place in certain areas. Sometimes it’s necessary to control plant growth – for example, if you’re creating beds where you don’t want all plants to grow. Here we address how to control daisies in lawns. We want to help you make an informed decision about how to solve the problem.
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- How to remove daisies from the lawn?
- Control daisies in the lawn by natural means
How to remove daisies from the lawn?
If you want to get rid of daisies, you have several ways to do it. Basically, you can solve the problem by hand or with appropriate preparations.
The weed cutter is one of the most common methods.
If you have only one or two daisies on your lawn, you can dig them out with a weed pruner. Simply press the fork around the roots and lift the plants out of the ground. Lift them out from all sides, as this will loosen all the roots and get the whole plant out in one piece. If you do it from only one side, you run the risk of breaking off the roots and leaving some of them in the ground.
Destroy daisies in the lawn with weed killer.
If you only have a few daisies and would rather kill them than dig them up, use a selective weed killer. Treat the entire ornamental lawn with a selective weed killer concentrate. Weed killer concentrates are designed to be mixed with water, but must be mixed properly. If you dilute it too much, it won’t kill the weeds, and if you make it too strong, you risk killing the grass.
Pulling out by hand is an easy option
Pulling out daisies by hand may seem tedious, but it’s an organic – and free – way to get rid of them. Since these plants often grow in clumps, you can simply take a handful and pull them off. Remember to remove as much of the root system as possible with the bloom to prevent re-growth.
With the help of a knife, remove the plants from the lawn.
If you have a lot of daisies on your lawn, you can also use a knife to cut off the foliage. Doing this at weekly intervals will weaken and loosen the plant. Eventually, you can pull them out with little effort.
Control daisies in the lawn by natural means.
Weeds are often a symptom of poor lawn condition. After removing the weeds, you need to prevent them from coming back. That’s why you need to make sure your ornamental lawn is healthy and dense so weeds can’t grow. Here are the steps you should take for a healthy lawn to prevent daisies (or other weeds) from growing on your lawn.
Regular mowing helps prevent weeds from growing
Regular mowing of the lawn causes the grass to grow sideways and form new blades of grass. This makes the lawn dense and does not provide space for weeds. Also, keep the grass higher when growing conditions are not optimal. This will block the light that weeds need to grow.
Control daisies in the lawn by fertilizing them.
If the soil is not fertile, it can inhibit grass growth, resulting in a patchy lawn with sparse grass. Weeds, especially daisies, love this type of environment and grow well there. Using a high-quality fertilizer will add much-needed elements of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus to the soil. These elements are critical to the growth and health of the lawn.
Reduce lawn thatch and soil compaction.
Lawn thatch is made up of live and dead grass roots and other organic material that is just below the soil surface. A little lawn felt is a good thing because it helps prevent disease. However, too much of it prevents water, air and nutrients from entering the soil. Without these, the lawn can’t grow and stay healthy, and so the growth of weeds like daisies is encouraged. Test your lawn for lawn thatch and scarify it to reduce the amount of thatch.
Soil compaction occurs when soil particles are compressed, displacing air and water from the surrounding area. This happens on lawns where children and pets play, around gateposts, clotheslines and on the path the mailman takes to the front door. Over time, the soil can become so compacted that the roots of the grasses can no longer grow and virtually no water, air or nutrients can penetrate the soil. The result is weak, unhealthy, patchy grass and the emergence of weeds. To eliminate soil compaction, you need to scarify the lawn . This is best done in the fall, when it has rained and the soil is a little softer.