I keep having chickweed growing in my beds in the spring. How do I get rid of it?
Chickweed is a winter annual – actually started growing last fall. In early spring they continue to grow, flower, set and drop seeds, and die. So physical removal before they flower and seed is the first step. Then applying a pre emergent herbicide to stop the seeds from growing in September, will help stop remaining seeds from coming up. By the way, chickweed is highly nutritious – more nutritious than most greens, so you know what I say – if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em! (By the way, you’ll see henbit, chickweed, purple deadnettle and hairy bittercress all coming up now – winter annuals – physical removal works great.)