Mouse-ear Chickweed [Cerastium vulgatum]

Mouse-ear Chickweed Mouse-ear Chickweed
General Information: Mouse-ear Chickweed is a perennial weed and is very common on lawns throughout in the UK. It can spread very quickly, it forms a dense mat on the lawn and can tolerate close mowing but it is easy to control with a selective herbicide.

Leaf: The small dark green leaves are fleshy, covered in very fine hairs and are oval in shape.

Flower: The flowers can be seen between May and October. Each flower has 5 small white petals, each with deep lobes, sometimes giving the impression it has 10. See picture to the left.

Preferred Habitat: Mouse-ear chickweed can thrive on all types of soils and conditions and can withstand close mowing.

Control: Mouse-ear chickweed is a difficult weed to control by hand because of its growth characteristics so is really only practical for a few plants. Like most lawn weeds they can be discouraged by keeping your lawn in a healthy condition with good maintenance practices. In some cases reducing the shade may help reduce the problem.

If the problem is severe chemical control will be needed. As Mouse-ear Chickweed is susceptible to a wide range of chemicals, most products can be used to control this weed. One application is usually enough to kill Mouse-ear chickweed. Aim to treat Mouse-ear chickweed during the first signs of the weed and when growth is strong for the best results. Once the weed has been removed or controlled the bare area can be filled with a mixture of suitable soil and grass seed to aid recovery. Please go to our weed control page for more info on weed killer treatment.

More Mouse-ear Chickweed images (click to enlarge)

Recommended selective weed killers for amateur gardeners for the control of Mouse-ear Chickweed in lawns and turf.

  • Verdone Extra (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
  • Westland lawn weed killer (2,4-D, mecoprop-p & dichlorprop-p).
  • Westland lawn feed, weed & moss killer (2,4-D & mecoprop-p) includes a fertiliser.
  • Westland Resolva lawn weed killer (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).
  • Vitax green up lawn weed & feed (2,4-D & dicamba) includes a fertiliser.
  • Vitax green up lawn weed & feed + moss killer (2,4-D & mecoprop-p) includes a fertiliser.
  • Vitax lawn clear (fluroxypyr & mecoprop-p)
  • Doff lawn spot weeder (2,4-D, mecoprop-p& dichlorprop-p).
  • Evergreen Complete (MCPA, mecoprop-p).
  • Evergreen feed + weed liquid (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba) includes a fertiliser.

Recommended selective weed killers for lawn and turf care professionals for the control of Mouse-ear Chickweed in lawns and turf.

  • Scotts Praxys (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & florasulam).
  • Scotts Intrepid 2 (dicamba, dichlorprop-p & MCPA).
  • Scotts Re-act (MCPA, mecoprop-p & dicamba).
  • Barclay Holster (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D and dicamba).
  • Headland Cabadex (florasulam & fluroxypyr).
  • Mascot Crossbar (fluroxypyr, 2,4-D & dicamba).
  • Mascot Greenor (fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA).
  • Mascot Junction (florasulam and 2,4-D).
  • Mascot Super Selective (mecoprop-p, MCPA & dicamba).

To get the best results with selective weed killers apply them when the weeds are growing, this is usually between April and October.

Always read the label and follow the manufacturers guidelines when applying chemicals to your lawn or garden.

Verdone Extra Lawn Weed Killer

Verdone Extra Lawn Weed Killer

Verdone Extra is the ideal product for the control of common lawn and turf weeds. This lawn weed killer will control broad leaved weeds such as Daisy, Dandelion, White, Clover, Lesser Trefoil, Plantains and many more making it a popular choice amongst gardeners and lawn care enthusiasts.

This broad spectrum weed killer contains 3 ingredients fluroxypyr, clopyralid & MCPA which makes it suitable for a wide range of weeds found in garden lawns throughout the UK.

The chemical is diluted with water and is applied to the lawn with a either a sprayer or watering can. This pack contains 1 litre of Verdone Extra which is enough to treat an area of 667 sq/m or over 700 sq/yds.

For the best results Verdone Extra should be applied when the weeds are actively growing during the spring and summer. Avoid applying weed killers during times of turf stress, such as drought and frost. More Info

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