The Q&A Archives: creeping charlie in my lawn

Question: what can I do to get rid of charlie? we use weed and feed every year but chalie doesn't die.

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 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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