The Best Way to Get Rid of Chickweed


Chickweed is an annual weed that has a short root system. Chickweed grows in dense patches and contains tiny white flowers. The dark green leaves are actually covered in tiny hairs. If you don't like the way the chickweed makes your yard look, you will need to get rid of it. You need to do this in a way that will keep the chickweed from growing back in the future.

Step 1

Put on a pair of garden gloves and dig the chickweed patch out with your garden shovel. Since the roots are not deep, you will be able to get them all without a problem. This method is best if you have only a few small patches of chickweed to remove.

Step 2

Get out an herbicide that contains the ingredient glyphosphate, or 2,4-D. Follow mixing direction on the package.

Step 3

Spray large areas of chickweed with the herbicide. Make sure that you get the herbicide only on the chickweed, as it can damage other vegetation. It is best if you apply the herbicide to the chickweed on a day when there is little to no wind.

Step 4

Spread 3 to 4 inches of mulch over the area where the chickweed once was. This will keep any new chickweed from growing in the future. Because of the thickness of the mulch, no sun can reach the soil to germinate the chickweed. It won't be able to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Garden shovel
  • Herbicide
  • Mulch


  • Gardening Know How: How to Kill Chickweed
  • University of Missouri Extension: Removing Chickweed From Yard Requires Good Cultural Practices
  • North Carolina State University: Chickweed, Common
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