The Q&A Archives: weeds

Question: What is the best way to get rid of creeping charlie and sticker bushes? And to how do you restore and keep your lawn nice and green when you have a dog?

Answer: 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.

As for the stickery weeds, a 2-4,D application should eradicate them. Be sure to apply according to label directions.

Dog urine can burn the grass and the only remedy is to rake out the dead grass and reseed. If possible, rinse the area with lots of water immediately after your dog has urinated and the grass won't be as affected by the salts.

Best wishes with your lawn.

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