Daisy [Bellis perennis]


General Information: The Daisy is one of the most common and recognisable lawn and turf weeds in gardens in the UK due to its ability to grow in a wide range of conditions. The Daisy is a perennial weed which spreads by short underground runners also known as stolons.

Leaf: The small leaves are spoon shaped and slightly scalloped and form a small rosette at the base of the turf in the lawn. See pictures to the left.

Flower: The flowers can appear throughout the year but are usually seen between March and October. The distinct flowers have a yellow center with white petals on the outside as seen in the picture below.

Preferred habitat: The Daisy is common on all types of soil and lawn, even lawns that suffer from heavy compaction. Daisies tolerate very close mowing due to their growth habit of forming a low growing mat in the base of the sward.

Control: Before reaching for the chemicals, particularly if only a few plants are present hand weeding will be the best and easiest option using a daisy grubber, small knife or a similar tool. Slashing this weed with a pocket knife, spring tine rake or similar will help discourage and weaken Daisies.

However if the infestation is severe then chemicals will be required, however consider spot treating if the weed is localised. Daisies can be controlled using a selective weed killer. For a full list of recommended weed killers please refer to the list below. One application ideally in early May when growth is strong should be enough, however treat again about 6 weeks later if required. For more information on chemical weed killer application please visit our weed control page for advice and help.

More Daisy images (click to enlarge)

Recommended selective weed killers for amateur gardeners for the control of Daisies in lawns and turf.

  • Verdone Extra (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
  • Westland lawn weed killer (2,4-D, mecoprop-p & dichlorprop-p).
  • Westland lawn feed, weed & moss killer (2,4-D & mecoprop-p) includes a fertiliser.
  • Vitax green up lawn weed & feed (2,4-D & dicamba) includes a fertiliser.
  • Vitax green up lawn weed & feed + moss killer (2,4-D & mecoprop-p) includes a fertiliser.
  • Doff lawn spot weeder (2,4-D, mecoprop-p & dichlorprop-p).

Recommended selective weed killers for lawn and turf care professionals for the control of Daisies in lawns and turf.

  • Scotts Praxys (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & florasulam).
  • Scotts Intrepid 2 (dicamba, dichlorprop-p & MCPA).
  • Scotts Re-act (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).
  • Barclay Holster (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D and dicamba).
  • Headland Relay (mecoprop-p, MCPA & dicamba).
  • Headland Cabadex (florasulam & fluroxypyr).
  • Mascot Crossbar (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D & dicamba).
  • Mascot Greenor (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
  • Mascot Junction (florasulam and 2,4-D).
  • Mascot Super Selective (mecoprop-p, MCPA & dicamba).
  • Vitax Esteem (2-4,D, MCPA and clopyralid).

It is very important to follow the manufacturers recommendations and health and safety guideline's when applying chemicals to your lawn.

Verdone Extra Lawn Weed Killer

Verdone Extra Lawn Weed Killer

Verdone Extra is the ideal product for the control of common lawn and turf weeds. This lawn weed killer will control broad leaved weeds such as Daisy, Dandelion, White, Clover, Lesser Trefoil, Plantains and many more making it a popular choice amongst gardeners and lawn care enthusiasts.

This broad spectrum weed killer contains 3 ingredients fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA which makes it suitable for a wide range of weeds found in garden lawns throughout the UK.

The chemical is diluted with water and is applied to the lawn with a either a sprayer or watering can. This pack contains 1 litre of Verdone Extra which is enough to treat an area of 667 sq/m or over 700 sq/yds.

For the best results Verdone Extra should be applied when the weeds are actively growing during the spring and summer. Avoid applying weed killers during times of turf stress, such as drought and frost. More Info

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