How to kill daisies

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How to kill daisies
In the wrong place, daisies can be a persistent nuisance. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Although their bright yellow-and-white heads may look cheerful, daisies can be a nuisance to gardeners. In some gardens, they serve as ground cover, but in others these quick-spreading perennials can colonise a lawn, creating unsightly disruptions. Removing daisies is simple, but requires patience and thoroughness. These plants can be eliminated by hand or using chemical herbicides; in either case, prompt action makes dealing with the problem much easier.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Small knife
  • Daisy grubber (optional)
  • Herbicide
  • Water
  • Sprayer or watering can

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Instructions

    Removing daisies by hand

  1. 1

    Locate the daisies you want to remove. If you have only a few plants to get rid off, a simple hand approach is best.

  2. 2

    Dig up each daisy using a small knife or a specialised daisy grubber. Make sure to remove not only the flower and stalk but the leaves and roots of the plant.

  3. 3

    Examine the affected area regularly to make sure that daisies are not reappearing. Dig up any plants you may have missed.

    Killing daisies with herbicide

  1. 1

    Select a herbicide to treat your lawn. There are a number of products on the market, many of which contain methylchlorophenoxypropionic acid, commonly known as mecoprop. Check the packaging to see if a herbicide is recommended for use on daisies.

  2. 2

    Dilute the herbicide with water if necessary, following the instructions on the packaging. Pour the mixture into a watering can or sprayer.

  3. 3

    Spray or pour the herbicide on any areas where daisies grow. Repeat this process according to the schedule on the herbicide's packaging or until the infestation is gone.

  4. 4

    Carefully rinse the watering can or sprayer. Be sure that all herbicide residue is rinsed out before reusing it.

Tips and warnings

  • Always follow the safety instructions on your herbicide's packaging.

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