Updated: Feb 23, 2021
Photo Credit: Total Landscape Care
This cute little low-growing weed, Chickweed, will quickly make a mat in the sparse partsof your lawn. You’ll be able to recognize it by its small (½ - 1”), oval-shaped leaves and their pointed tips and its small white flowers that grow at the end of each stem.
If you see it in your yard, this is what you can do about it:
Change the environment that it likes - reduce shade and moisture to that area. Mowing won’t get rid of it.
Its seeds need light to germinate, so you should keep your grass a little taller in the fall to reduce the amount of light that’s able to get to the soil
Apply a good 3 way herbicide (like Bayer Advanced Southern Weed Killer for Lawns Concentrate or Ortho Weed B Gone Weed Killer for Lawns Concentrate) once you see the weeds.
Apply a pre-emergent in September
At Restoration Lawn Care, our preferred method to get rid of this difficult weed is using a fall pre-emergent that stops the seed from germinating. If we see any that has come up in your yard, we will spot spray it as needed.
Photo Credit: Iowa State Extension