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Question: how can i get rid of creepy Charlie once and for all? Is there something I can use to block the spread from my neighbors yard?

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. Give it a try - you may have good results, too. Aside from a physical barrier between the properties, there isn't much you can do to keep creeping charlie from creeping across to your yard.

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