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How to Control ChicoryHow to Get Rid of Chicory Weed

So you take a look outside and notice that popping up from your turf and sticking out like a sore thumb are some leafy greens. No it isn’t lettuce, it’s chicory, which has become a widespread weed across the United States. If left untreated, chicory can easily spread throughout your lawn and take over. While some may enjoy the appearance of the pretty blue flower that blooms from this weed, when trying to keep a uniform lawn, these pesky things won’t allow that to happen. Luckily, chicory can be controlled by applying the right herbicides and the right techniques. We will share with you how to get rid of them below.

Chicory Background Information

Chicory is a deep-rooted perennial weed that originated in Europe was brought over to the states from Holland into Massachusetts in 1785 for use as a green vegetable. In many places across Europe chicory is used as a garnish in salads and many other dishes. It is also a common additive to coffee and is even harvested and used to feed livestock.  

Chicory has become fairly common in the US particularly in the Northern half of the United States, usually by means of seed carried as an impurity in both foreign and domestic grass and clover seed. The increasing number of complaints recently received concerning this weed, especially from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York, indicates that the plant is becoming more 
Troublesome. Chicory thrives particularly over the summer months and is very versatile, capable of growing in all types of pastures and rough turfs.

Chicory can grow 2 to 4 feet in height at maturity and has milky sap. Chicory flowers have distinguished bright blue petals and bloom between mid-June and October. Chicory develops from a basal rosette (similar to dandelion), has a deep, fleshy taproot, and reproduces from buds on the root. Chicory is primarily spread by seeds. Although It is not as common as many weeds in horse pastures, they do appear more abundantly in unmowed pastures.

This sneaky weed grows very well in unkempt areas, but since it drops around 7000 seeds a season, it can very quickly spread to new parts of your lawn.


How to Get Rid of Chicory

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Before applying any herbicides it’s important to note that prevention is the best strategy to control chicory on your lawn. By keeping turfgrass thick with the proper fertilization and nutrition and by mulching beds as well as regularly patrolling for weeds when they're little.

Chicory can be controlled with the proper broadleaf herbicides like the recommended SpeedZone above. If chicory is growing on sidewalk cracks or any other place where you arent worried about damaging other plants you can use Roundup or Glyphosate.

Chicory Control Tips and Recommendations

  • When treating chicory we recommend using a pump sprayer, not a hose-end sprayer. That will allow you to direct the spray in a fairly fine mist directly down onto the dichondra.

  • Chicory is edible. If you don’t want to spray them, you could always eat your lawn problem away.

  • When applying herbicides be sure to wear protective clothing or safety equipment that completely covers your arms and legs, as well as gloves, socks and shoes. Avoid inhaling the spray or getting it in your eyes or mouth.

For more information on controlling chicory on your lawn and to get advice catered to your unique issue from experts, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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