Chickweed earned its name because chickens love to eat it.  In fact, this plant is also edible to humans.  Chickweed tastes similar to spinach.  It’s high in vitamin C, phosphorus, and iron.  Chickweed can be steamed, added to soup, and you can even make chickweed tea, which has been said to have a cleansing effect on the kidneys.  You can apply finely chopped chickweed to scratched, irritated, or burned skin.

Common chickweed can be identified by its oval leaves that grow in pairs.  It has a slender stem, and it grows along the ground to form mats.  Chickweed features five tiny white flower petals, each of which are split, making it look like there are ten petals.  Star chickweed is almost identical to common chickweed, except for the fact that this variation does not have leaf stalks.  Mouse-ear chickweed is known for being hairy.  You can find all types of chickweed in lawns and open fields.

Despite the fact that chickweed has nutritional benefits and isn’t necessarily unattractive on its own, most people do not want it in their yards.  Chickweed will grow at a different rate from the grass, creating an uneven landscape.  Most people prefer to have uniform grass.

Getting Rid of Chickweed – Here at Crabgrass Alert, we offer Agralawn Crabgrass Killer, an all-natural solution to your chickweed problem.  You can apply Agralawn Crabgrass Killer when the morning dew is still on the ground, after rain, or after watering the lawn.  Apply the powder to chickweed, follow the instructions on the bottle to activate the herbicide, and within three to five days you will see the weed begin to wilt and die.

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