What does Chickweed (Stellaria media) look like and how to control it?
Chickweed is a quick growing, winter annual, wild plant often found in semi-shaded locations, garden beds or cool moist ground. It has (and still is) regarded as a valuable edible weed with nutrients similar to spinach and can be safely consumed by both humans and poultry as long as any sprays have been avoided.
Chickweed has small glossy bright green foliage and often makes thick mats and can overcrowd or smother neighbouring plants. Small clusters of white flowers are often produced as temperatures begin to rise by mid spring at which stage its life cycle begins to end.
How to control chickweed in lawns
The easiest way to remove chickweed from the garden is by physical removal prior to the plants producing flowers.
To effectively control chickweed in couch, carpet, bent, fescue, kikuya and saltene lawns spray with Searles Lawn Perfect. Be careful not to spray too close to ornamentals and treasured plants.
Note: This product is not suitable for controlling chickweed present in buffalo, rye grass and paspalum lawns.
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