Chickweed
(Stellaria media)

An annual weed which forms a dense mat that can smother other plants. It’s flopping stems, root as they spread. Seed can remain dormant in the ground for several years, germinating when the ground is cultivated. The small white flowers are visible from February to November. This weed can spread very quickly, especially if the soil is dry and chalky.

Control

The main way to keep weeds under control is constant vigilance, never allowing the weed to flower or seed and mulching.

  • Remove weeds by hand as soon as you see them

  • Regular mowing will generally eradicate this weed once the lawn is established

  • Hoeing is one of the best ways to remove weeds and should be done in dry weather, if possible

  • Spraying with weedkiller will do the job if the weeds are in the garden border. Spray with a systemic weedkiller that is absorbed through the leaves of the plant and the active ingredient makes its way through the cells of the plant down to the root. It kills these first and then the foliage starts to die off

  • Mulching will help to eliminate light, which all green plants need to survive. There are several effective mulches that will act as a weed barrier; weed suppressing fabric, well-rotted manure or garden compost, bark, grass cuttings, gravel and even a thick layer of newspaper