Also commonly known as Alsine media, Starwort, Starweed, Bindweed, Winterweed, Satin Flower, and Tongue-grass, Common Chickweed is a winter annual that can be found in wet to moist areas of your lawn. It thrives in the shade and in semi-shaded areas. Stellaria media can be found throughout much of the continental United States, with the exception of high altitude, rocky terrain.
Identifying Stellaria media -
Common Chickweed can be identified by its horizontal stems, which branch out and form relatively smooth leaves (there may be 1 or 2 rows of hairs). Both its stems and its leaves are light green in color. Common Chickweed has a shallow, fibrous root system and reproduction is by seed.
Common Chickweed can be distinguished from Mouse-Ear Chickweed in that its stems are far less “fuzzy” in appearance, featuring fewer rows of hairs.
Common Chickweed Control -
Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Common Chickweed by creating dense turf, which inhibits the weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) can be effective, although you will run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn.
Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Common Chickweed in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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