Safety Products

Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.

How to Prevent Chickweed

How to Prevent Chickweed From Growing

By DoMyOwn staff
Image of chickweed near a curb

Preventing chickweed from growing on your property can be done, but may take some DIY knowledge and a bit of work. On this page we'll detail the most successful methods for keeping chickweed from taking hold of your lawn.

Step 1

Apply a Pre-Emergent Herbicide

Consult our lawn care schedules to determine when to apply your pre-emergent herbicide treatments. Depending on where you live and what your local climate is like, you could apply your spring treatment between February and April and your fall treatment between September and November. Fall applications should be applied when soil temperatures are falling, but before the first frost of the season. Spring applications should be applied as the weather warms but before soil temperatures reach 55 degrees.

Pre-emergents should not be applied when the lawn is being seeded or sodded as the pre-emergent will prevent the germination of the new, desirable grass seed.

Step 2

Maintain Lawn Health

Weeds often grow in lawns that are patchy, lacking nutrients, or are either too damp or too dry. Keeping your lawn healthy is a great preventative step against chickweed and other undesirable weeds.

Use an at-home soil test kit to determine which nutrients your lawn may be lacking. Your local extension office can also offer help in performing this kind of test. Once you know what your soil lacks, select a fertilizer that contains the nutrients your lawn needs and apply it as directed.

Aerating your lawn can help remedy moisture issues and improve your lawn's health. Check out our video on how to aerate your lawn for helpful tips and advice.

We hope you found this guide helpful. If you're not sure that you have chickweed on your property, read our guide on where chickweed grows to refine your treatment plan. Our how to get rid of chickweed guide will talk you through both pre- and post-emergent herbicide treatments.

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