Bellis Daisy Lawn Alternative: Using English Daisies For Lawns

by Peter on October 26, 2020

The name “daisy” comes from the Latin word “daea”, which means “little one”. The plant’s scientific name is Cyperus rotundus.

Its common names include English Daisy, Deerfoot or Wild Daisy. It was named after its native habitat, England where it grows wild in hedges and other low growing plants along roadsides and fields.

Daisy flowers from May through July. They have yellowish-white flowers with pink centers.

Flowers are followed by small white berries that ripen into tiny seed pods in late summer. The leaves of the daisy are edible and used in salads, soups, stews and sauces. The fruit is not edible but is often eaten raw or cooked like a root vegetable.

How To Kill English Daisy?

In order to kill your English Daisy, you need to remove the blossoms first. You can use any type of herbicide that will kill the flower buds and stem. If you want to get rid of all the blooms, then you must wait until they bloom again next year. However, if you don’t mind having some flowers in your yard, then there are several ways to eliminate them completely without harming yourself or others.

Use a Weed Eater!

A weed eater, or string trimmer as it is more commonly known nowadays, is a good tool for killing your daisies without all the hassle of mixing and spraying chemicals. You probably already have one, and if you don’t then they’re very cheap to buy.

They are relatively safe and easy to use, but keep away from children and wash your hands afterwards. Here’s what to do:

Attach a line to your weed eater. Attach a line to your weed eater in the same way that you would attach a string trimmer line.

Clear an area of daisies. It’s best to start off small and work your way up.

Start by clearing an area of daisies that is no larger than 4 feet across. This will ensure that you don’t miss any weeds at the edges that may have escaped your notice.


Sources & references used in this article:

Tapestry Lawns: Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers by L Smith – 2019 –

Low maintenance turf by T Cook – Corvallis (OR): Oregon State University, 1996 –

Lawns, Energy, and Health by A Feleppa – The Newsletter of the Ecological Landscaping …, 2007 –

Practical ecology by D Slingsby, C Cook – 2016 –


Restoration of Black Knapweed by AC Martin – 2001 – Macmillan


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