Date: August 10th, 2011

Chickweed is a low-growing, inconspicuous European annual plant. Many people enjoy this plant in their salad, but others wish it would stay out of their garden!



Chickweed grows 3-8 inches tall and can form a mat that stretches nearly 1½ feet long. The plant has small 1 inch pointed leaves that grow in pairs. Tiny white flowers only 1/8 inch across will emerge in the early summer.


Growing Conditions

Chickweed will grow in many areas including lawns, gardens and open sunny or shaded areas. Look for the plant in early spring or late fall and even during winter thaws.


If you notice the weed in your lawn, Ortho Weed-B-Gon MAX Weed Killer for Lawns can kill the weed without harming your lawn. For extensive area of growth in your lawn, prevent the seeds from germinating by applying Scotts Turf Builder with Crabgrass Preventer (available at your local CountryMax).

In areas of growth near trees or shrubs, use a product with glyphosate like Roundup Weed & Grass Killer. 

Chickweed in the garden can be a nightmare. Digging and pulling may seem fruitless at times, but frequent and persistent weeding may kill it off. When weeding the plant, be careful that you do not remove the plant when the seeds are germinating. These tiny seeds can spread quickly and cover a large area. Germination can occur anytime and especially in the spring and autumn.

If you have any further questions, email them to, or visit your local CountryMax store today!

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