The Q&A Archives: creeping charlie

Question: I have a huge problem with creeping charlie. I've tried different weed controls, but nothing seems to get rid of it. I've even tried to pull out the weeds and re-seed, but it seems to be worse than ever. What can I do???

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 or June when the weather starts to warm. The University of Minnesota and Iowa State University have tested this recipe and report good results.

Hope it works for you, too.

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