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Question: how do I get rid of creeping charley. I think thats what it is. A weed that has a blueish flower. When it spreda it chocks out your grass. I have tryed everthing to kill it with out killing my lawn. I even try puling it out by the roots .It keeps on growing back.

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.

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