Common Chickweed [Stellaria media]

Common Chickweed Common Chickweed
General Information: common Chickweed is an annual weed and is very common on newly seeded lawns throughout the UK. Once regular mowing commences it should become less of a problem and eventually disappear.

Leaf: Common Chickweed has pairs of leaves which are small and oval shaped and have a short stalk.

Flower: Common Chickweed has small white flowers with 5 petals although it looks like 10 with the deep lobes. It flowers from February to November.

Preferred Habitat: Common Chickweed can grow on all types of soil but is usually confined to newly seeded or low maintenance lawns.

Control: Common Chickweed should not be a problem on well maintained lawns as it can't tolerate regular and close mowing.

If for whatever reason chemicals have to be used most products available to the consumer should control this weed. One application should take care of this weed. It's not a difficult weed to kill.

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Recommended selective weed killers for amateur gardeners for the control of Common Chickweed in lawns and turf.

  • Verdone Extra (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
  • Westland lawn weed killer (2,4-D, mecoprop-p & dichlorprop-p).
  • Westland lawn feed, weed & moss killer (2,4-D & mecoprop-p) includes a fertiliser.
  • Westland Resolva lawn weed killer (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).
  • Vitax green up lawn weed & feed (2,4-D & dicamba) includes a fertiliser.
  • Vitax green up lawn weed & feed + moss killer (2,4-D & mecoprop-p) includes a fertiliser.
  • Vitax lawn clear (fluroxypyr & mecoprop-p)
  • Doff lawn spot weeder (2,4-D, mecoprop-p& dichlorprop-p).
  • Evergreen Complete (MCPA, mecoprop-p).
  • Evergreen feed + weed liquid (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba) includes a fertiliser.

Recommended selective weed killers for lawn and turf care professionals for the control of Common Chickweed in lawns and turf.

  • Scotts Praxys (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & florasulam).
  • Scotts Intrepid 2 (dicamba, dichlorprop-p & MCPA).
  • Scotts Re-act (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).
  • Barclay Holster (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D and dicamba).
  • Headland Relay (mecoprop-p, MCPA & dicamba).
  • Headland Cabadex (florasulam & fluroxypyr).
  • Mascot Crossbar (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D & dicamba).
  • Mascot Greenor (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
  • Mascot Junction (florasulam and 2,4-D).
  • Mascot Super Selective (mecoprop-p, MCPA & dicamba).
  • Vitax Esteem (2-4,D, MCPA and clopyralid).

To get the best results with selective weed killers apply them when the weeds are growing, this is usually between April and October.

It is important to always follow the manufacturers guidelines and recommendations when applying chemicals to your lawn or garden.

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