The Q&A Archives: Creeping Charlie

Question: We have a 3 year old lawn that has started showing signs of the weed creeping charlie, or one that looks just like it. Professional lawn services can't get rid of it. Is there anything I can try?

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 the weeds. The boron doesn't affect turfgrass, but overwhelms the roots of creeping Charlie. Cool weather reduces its effectiveness so apply when the weather is 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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