The Q&A Archives: Creeping Charlie

Question: How do you get rid of creeping Charlie? I'm being invaded from three different yards. I have been able to stay ahead of it, but do not want to continue to spend my summers pulling other peoples Creeping Charlie.

Answer: I'm assuming it is in your lawn, where applying an herbicide would also kill the grass. Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) can be a real pest. Many gardeners have had good luck eradicating the plant by mixing 10 ounces 20-Mule Team Borax in 2-1/2 gallons of water and applying the mixture to their lawn. The boron doesn't affect the grass, but overwhelms the roots of creeping Charlie. Cool weather reduces its effectiveness so apply in May when the weather starts to warm. The University of Minnesota and Iowa State University have tested this recipe and report good results.

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