How To Kill Chickweed In Your Garden
Also commonly known as lawn weed, chickweed is an annual plant that grows in abundance in the North American region in the fall. It is often distinguished by its green, matted surface and its small, white flowers.
While not entirely unattractive, chickweed is nevertheless a weed that prohibits the growth of other flowers and plants and therefore is necessary to get rid of it. If not done, then it can spread plant diseases and also insects that can get into the house, both of which are not very pleasant to think about.
That being said, many people might be wondering just how to kill chickweed? We have the answer: in this article, we will give you the necessary items and steps to combat those annoying weeds and in the end will help you maintain your beautiful, coveted garden. Without further ado, let us get started!
What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial
Whether you choose to eradicate chickweed either chemically or organically, here are the main components you will need to do so:
Organic or not, this item is probably the most crucial part when it comes to killing off chickweed in your garden. It contains a special mixture of chemicals (natural or synthetic) in a specific ratio that can get rid of those pesky weeds over time.
Many of these herbicides attack the weed’s roots, which can prove effective but unfortunately can also end up killing other plants’ roots around it, so it is important to be careful and use herbicides sparingly.
#2. An Aerator
In order to effectively get rid of chickweeds, making sure that the lawn is dry is the way to go; moisture will only complicate things, for it will allow chickweed seeds to germinate easily and thereby make it more difficult to target and eliminate.
Therefore, an aerator comes in handy to dry out the lawn, in order to make it more manageable to aim at and destroy for the sake of the flowers and plants. By following the instructions in the manual, you should be able to use the aerator in an effective manner.
#3. A Shovel
On the other hand, if you do not have an aerator, then simply a shovel will do to aerate the soil in preparation for the weed-killing activity. To do so, you create holes in the soil to let out the moisture in a narrow, trench-like fashion, and from there you will have a dry lawn ready for the next step.
Even though you are killing off chickweeds instead of cultivating them, it is still important to have fertilizer on-hand after eradicating them, in order to ensure that your plants and flowers do not die and that they can continue to grow even after the weed-killing process.
Just like with the herbicide, you may choose to use either organic or synthetic fertilizer to keep your plants and flowers growing; it can be as simple as the old one that you have been using for a while or even a brand name to experiment with (and perhaps also might be resistant to chickweeds!).
Like with any living species out there, having water is essential to being alive. After destroying the weeds and adding the fertilizer, the most important step to this process is to add water to activate the growth (or regrowth) of the plants at hand. Make sure that you have plenty for every single flower and plant out there in your lawn!
While optional, having an acidic element like vinegar can help to target isolated cases of chickweed; you can spray it on certain areas of the lawn without having to plant herbicide throughout the entire plot of land.
All in all, chickweeds can be the bane of the gardener’s existence, especially when it comes to growing beautiful flowers and plants. However, it is not difficult at all to get rid of them: by having a few important items (e.g. herbicide, fertilizer, dry soil), you can be sure to blast those annoying weeds out of your garden!
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