creeping charlie - Knowledgebase Question

apple valley, Mi
Question by mgsaice1
March 3, 2011
I have had a very bad problem with creeping charlie. I have sprayed and it seems to go away for a little while then it comes back with a vengence! Could you give me some ideas on what to do for this problem? thank you

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2011


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. Or, you can spot treat with a product such as Ortho Weed B Gon Max. Reapplication may be necessary - be sure to follow the label directions.

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