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Weed Control Fishers: Chickweed

Everything you need to know about Common Chickweed:

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Chickweed is a plant/weed that we see quite often in Central Indiana and surrounding area.  It is a non-native perennial that produces tiny white flowers about a 1/4 in length.  In turf grass it is considered a weed and can be prevented or controlled.  We will give you some insight on this plant and how to get rid of it if you want a thick lush lawn.  Weed Control is a great option in preventing Chickweed from coming up in your lawn. 

Common Chickweed
Common Chickweed photographed in lawn

Where can you find Chickweed:

Chickweed is a non-native perennial and very common to see.  It grows in just about any condition however, it likes moist conditions.  You can find it in landscape beds around shrubs and plants, in the lawn, in cracks in the driveway, meadows, etc.  With that being said, it can grow just about anywhere, but it is fairly easy to get rid of with proper weed control.  However, the proper control depends on where the plant in located.

Growing Season for Chickweed:

This non-native weed typically is seen late spring to fall time frame is when you will see the flowers which are it’s most distinct characteristic.  The stems can get as long as 18 inches unless it is being mowed on a weekly basis.  If left untreated, it will continue to grow the entire season.

How to treat Chickweed:

Weed Control for Chickweed is pretty basic.  There are 2 pieces…  Is the weed in a landscape bed by itself or is it mixed in with grass? 

If the weed is in a landscape bed, it is best practice to pull the weed by hand.  Its root system is fairly shallow so pulling is a good option.  However, you may need to repeat a couple times until the weed is fully gone.  In the spring, make sure to put pre-emergent in the beds to help prevent it from popping up.

If the Chickweed is in the turf, then you will need to spray with a product containing 2,4D.  2,4D is a selective broadlead herbicide that only acts on specific plants and leave the grass alone.  Make sure to read the label and follow all directions.  Make sure to know which variety of grass you have in your lawn to know which weed control product you are safely able to use.

Next, you will want to add mulch to your landscape beds to help prevent it that way or you need to aerate and overseed your lawn with a hardy grass variety like Turf Type Tall Fescue.  The goal is to grow a lawn so thick that weeds have no room to grow.  Now this will take a few years, but can be achieved if your goal is a healthy thick lawn.

Need some Weed Control help?

Do you need any help with fertilization and weed control, feel free to give our office a call at 317-748-3153.  Green’s Lawncare services Indianapolis, Broad Ripple, Meridian Kessler, Westfield and Fishers.  We know sometimes it is best to bring in the professionals to take care of the dirty work.  If you wish to request a free estimate via our website, click here.  Maybe you are looking for another great source, we recommend the Purdue Turf Science Program. 

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