We're in the heat of the summer and there is one weed that couldn't be happier about it. It takes it time growing before it shoots up and becomes an eye-sore, and it could be hiding in your lawn. Let's take a look at this weed and how you can get rid of it.
What is Chicory?
Chicory is a common Ohio weed that thrives in the summer. In many places across Europe chicory is used in salads and many other dishes. It is a common additive to coffee and is even harvested and used to feed livestock.
When chicory is small and young it is easily confused with a dandelion. It quickly grows out of this to grow upwards of 30 inches. Chicory can be identified by its blueish flowers growing off of a nearly naked stem.
Where You'll Find It
You know that part of your lawn that's tucked away and no one sees? That's where chicory will start. It grows very well in unkempt areas, but since it drops around 7000 seeds a season, it can be quick to spread to new parts of your lawn. A properly planned lawn care program can prevent this weed from germinating, before it becomes a problem.
How to Treat Chicory
Chicory can be easily hidden in your lawn by cutting it below two inches. At this height chicory will not sprout leaves or flowers. The best way to treat chicory is to spot treat with a weed killer. Be sure to only spot treat as weed killers can weaken your lawn. After treatment be sure to reseed the treated area.
Chicory Isn't Alone
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Charles Gates is an intern here at Weed Pro Lawn Care. Charles is a marketing and public relations major studying at the University of Mount Union, class of 2016. Charles is a regular contributor to our blog.