Is this a weed in the lawn?

Asked November 2, 2019, 5:47 PM EDT

My husband wants to get rid of anything in the grass that is not grass. Is this a cool weather weed and if so, what should I do? Should I just let it go or is there something that I can use to rid the lawn of it. It is spreading and we don't want it to take over the grass. I'd prefer a natural solution if possible. How do I prevent it in the future? Thank you.

Anne Arundel County Maryland lawns and turf weeds

1 Response

Good morning. This is called chickweed. It is an annual weed that thrives in cool weather. The most natural solution to getting rid of it would be to hand-pull or dig it out before seed dispersal. You will find additional management options on our website. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/common-chickweed

If you decide to use a post-emergent herbicide, be sure chickweed is listed on the product label and follow the label precautions. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-herbicides

Christa