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Chickweed, Common: A Smoother Turf Weed

Common chickweed

John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University,

What is Common Chickweed?

Common chickweed is similar to mouse-ear chickweed but has significantly fewer hairs, if any at all. Its smoother leaves are one way to tell this weed apart from its cousin. It's a succulent winter perennial or annual that grows in dense patches in most any landscape. It also produces small, white flowers and light green leaves.

How to Get Rid of Common Chickweed

Applying a pre-emergent herbicide in late summer or early fall is one way to keep this weed from invading the lawn. For established weeds, use a postemergent herbicide containing triclopyr or penoxsulam for optimum control. Applying the herbicides to actively growing chickweed will work more effectively than applying it when the weed is mature.