3-4-17 - Chickweed

Our Plant(s) of the Week have been chosen due to the fact they seem to be making most of the stir in yardening questions this week.  ‘Winter Annuals’ they are, with their seeds germinating in the fall and winter, the plants lying low over the winter, and then springing into action with any type of warm weather late winter and spring…springing into action meaning growing like a weed, flowering and seeding before you can say “where did those weeds come from?”  Then they die and start all over next fall.  By the way, even though most consider these weeds, many are actually edible or used at one time for medicial purposes.  Thus the saying, “If you can’t beat them, eat them.”

Three of the most well-known are chickweed, deadnettle / henbit, and hairy bittercress.  If you would like to control them, apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the fall to stop seeds from growing, and rake them out of the ground when you see them – before they flower and seed!

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