creeping charlie begone - Knowledgebase Question

Big Bend, WI (Zone 5B)
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Question by gregjenben
May 18, 2005
I have a new lawn and needed to reseed this season, because of bare spots. I have been told not to place any type of weed killers on the lawn until it is completely established. The lawn is coming in nicely but is being attacked by creeping charlie. It is begining to invade the lawn and the patch is growing larger every day. How do I get rid of it without harming my new lawn? Also, Is it possible to fertilizer with a weed killer in an area of the lawn that is established but rests next to an area that is not established?

Thank you, Jennifer

Answer from NGA
May 18, 2005
Rather than use herbicides on your newly establishing lawn, you can hand pull the weeds. I know it sounds labor intensive, but digging the weeds out roots and all and then reseeding the bare area is the best approach. You can use a weed and feed in established lawn, but don't apply it directly to a new lawn. Just apply it carefully and the new lawn shouldn't be harmed.

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