Mouse ear chickweed - What is it?
A perennial, broadleaf weed, Mouse ear chickweed forms dense, mat-like patches on lawns and turf. It propagates quickly, so can very easily take hold.
The root system is also shallow and new plants can easily form from creeping stems. The leaves are Unstalked and lanceolate in shape, they are densely hairy and have an almost sticky feel.
When does Mouse ear chickweed occur?
It will thrive in dry, neutral soils but can tolerate other temperatures if necessary. It typically spreads by seed, so ideally, should be removed before it has the chance to flower. This weed flowers from April to November.
What damage or effects will Mouse ear chickweed have?
The seed is believed to remain viable in the soil for a number of years, so great care must be taken with soil management to ensure that it is eradicated completely.
It can easily take control in areas where turf is stressed or coverage is thin.