Deadheading - Knowledgebase Question

Omaha, Ne
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Question by Scharol
June 30, 2010
I have a lot of spent blooms and wonder if I need to deadhead my Bee Balm Plant?

What works best for Creeping Charlie in my lawn?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Deadheading bee balm will prolong its flowering period.

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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