How to Get Rid of Chickweed in Your Yard


Sometimes, it is not an easy task for us to get rid of chickweed that grows in your yard. Chickweed is an invasive plant that grows very quickly in any type of gardens, lawns as well as other agriculture areas. There are two species of chickweed which is the common chickweed and also the mouse-ear chickweed. A chickweed plant has the ability to produce up to 800 seeds in a year meaning that it would be able to take over your garden very fast once it’s starts to grow. Below are some of the tips that could help you in removing the chickweed from your garden.

To get rid of your chickweed in your yard, you need:

  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Herbicide
  • Post-emergent glyphosate herbicide
  • Mulch (or some other coverage medium)
  • Pre-emergent herbicide
  • Hand gloves
  • Face mask

Getting Rid of your Chickweed in your Yard

How to Get Rid of Chickweed in your Yard

  • First thing that you need to do is to identify the area where the chickweed is growing whether in your yard or in the garden
    • Normally, you would be able to find chickweed growing in a dense mat area and its height does not exceed more than 2 inches.
    • If it grows in a garden or beneath shaded area, it will not look like dense. It also have stem that comes with small hairs on one of its side along with bright green color and also smooth leaves.
    • You will find that the chickweed has small white flowers that blooms nearly the whole year except during the winter season.

The Chickweed always germinates and blooms very quickly. When you pull the chickweed out of your lawn or garden, make sure you remove its entire weed. This is because the chickweed has the ability to easily reproduce not only through its seed but also from the root.

  • It is recommended that you pull out all the chickweed that you find in your lawn or garden before it starts to blooms.
    • It is quite easy to pull out the chickweed because it has shallow roots. You can simply pull it out just by using your hand or even using a garden hoe.
  • If you find that the chickweed has been growing in quite a large area
    • You have to use a glyphosate-based post-emergent herbicide (weed killer) on the affected area.
    • You need to carefully spray the glyphosate-based post-emergent herbicide directly to the chickweeds and ensure that the weed killer does not come into contact with other plants.

If possible, try to avoid using the herbicide weed killer because it is very harmful to other plants in the surrounding area if it comes in contact with the herbicide weed killer.

  • The next step for you to do is to aerate the affected area by using a hoe or shovel
    • By doing this, you are reducing the germination that may still remain in the area. The lesser depth that the seed has the more likely for it to sprout.
  • For chickweed that already grows in large areas, you can also lay some wood chips or other type of mulch
    • Try to cover the area at least with 2 inches in depth because this will reduce the germination process through the elimination of light and it also blocks the weeds from growing.
  • If you find the chickweed growing in the spring season, you should be using a pre-emergent herbicide because it will keep the new seeds from sprouting very quickly.
  • Finally, you must always keep on eye or monitor your yard or garden once you have done any treatment on them.
    • By monitoring the yard and garden constantly, you would be able to dispose of any new sign of chickweed whenever you see the weed sprouting.

Any soil that has been disrupted or cultivated will be a good location for the chickweed to grow. It can also grow on almost any type of soil.

Always remember that when you want to get rid of chickweed in your yard,

  • You can always consider the other purpose that the chickweed provides. The chickweed has a mild flavor where sometimes people tend to use it in place of lettuce for making sandwiches or even in a salad.
  • By pouring hot and boiling water onto the chickweed, you will be able to terminate the entire plant.

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