Germander Speedwell [Veronica chamaedrys]

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell
General Information: Germander Speedwell is a perennial weed but is normally less of a problem on lawns than Slender Speedwell. They spread by both underground and over ground runners. It is also known as Bird's-eye Speedwell.

Leaf: The leaves are kidney shaped and have prominent veins with heavily toothed edges.

Flower: The flowers can be seen between April and June. They are blue/purple coloured and have four petals with a white center.

Preferred Habitat: Germander Speedwell can survive in all soil types but it favours moist, damp soils conditions.

Control: Hand weeding may be possible if there are a few plants in the lawn. When mowing the lawn collect all of the clippings as this weed can re-establish its self vegetatively. Regular raking will also help to weaken Germander Speedwell, again making sure you collect all of the debris..

Once Germander Speedwell has become a widespread a chemical weed killer will be needed for effective control. As we mentioned earlier speedwell is a difficult weed to control. Choose a selective weed killer from the list below, however further applications will be needed for the control of this weed.

For amateur gardeners consider enlisting the services of a professional lawn care specialist who will have access to professional chemicals. These chemicals will be far more effective than those available from a garden center. Our weed control section has advice and tips on the application of selective weed killers.

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Recommended selective weed killers for amateur gardeners for the control of Germander Speedwell in lawns and turf.

  • Westland Resolva lawn weed killer (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).

Recommended selective weed killers for lawn and turf care professionals for the control of Germander Speedwell in lawns and turf.

  • Scotts Intrepid 2 (dicamba, dichlorprop-p & MCPA).
  • Barclay Holster (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D and dicamba).
  • Headland Cabadex (florasulam & fluroxypyr).
  • Mascot Crossbar (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D & dicamba).

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