Eradicating Creeping Charlie - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Estle Saum
Canby, MN
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Question by saumtwo
February 27, 1998
Creeping charlie is taking over our lawn. Is there anything I can do to erradicate it without resorting to herbicides?

Answer from NGA
February 27, 1998
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.

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