The Q&A Archives: Creeping Charlie

Question: Please HELP! It appears I have a new visitor in my neighborhood and his name is Creeping Charlie. I have a double lot and Charlie has appeared over night. What can I do to get rid of him? I've read many cures online, but I don't trust them.

Please help me evict Charlie.

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. Hope so!

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