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Name: Hantesa
south of Houston along the coa (Zone 9a)
Hantesa
Jul 2, 2016 6:19 PM CST
Any advice for dichondra that is trying to take over every daylily bed I have? Been trying to pull by hand since so much of it is close to daylilies rather than to spray. Or -- is it an acceptable living mulch?
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 2, 2016 8:50 PM CST
I do know that in California it is used as a lawn .

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/dichondra-micrantha-toxic-anima...

http://thesmartergardener.com/dichondra-silver-falls/

https://www.google.com/search?q=dichondra+micrantha+silver+f...
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 2, 2016 9:59 PM CST
I've had both the green and the silver dichondra. It's never gotten out of hand like that. I don't have daylilies so I'm not sure how they would be with dichondra all around. It might make a good living mulch and keep the weeds down. You could leave it in one small area as a test, and get rid of it in your other daylily beds.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jul 3, 2016 9:31 AM CST
I'm from California originally. I remember my Mom and Aunt out on their hands and knees on the lawn trying to figure out how to make their dichondra live. It never got out of hand; it hardly survived. Dichondra used to be added to grass mixes as part of the blend. I know it's used as a ground cover but I'm not visualizing it crowding out something as vigorous as a daylily.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 3, 2016 10:10 AM CST
Are you sure it's dichondra? Might be a good idea to post a photo.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 3, 2016 11:11 AM CST
I agree, Daisy. My parents babied a dichondra lawn in Phoenix. It took a lot of water and a lot of care to keep from having bare patches. They were always putting in plugs for bare areas. I'd also love to see a pic of what you have, @Hantesa.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jul 3, 2016 1:02 PM CST
It does grow like a weed here, and pulling it is a frustrating practice. It's a rampant surface rooter that sucks up water. I don't know what you could spray it with that wouldn't hurt your daylilies, but left to its' own devices, it will try to smother them..

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