Creeping Charlie in flower beds - kill charlie without killing perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Detroit, MI (Zone 5B)
Question by Dove13
June 15, 2008
I have creeping charlie in my lawn that is spreading into my perennial flower beds. I have read the Q&A here, but it sounds as if what I need to kill the creeping charlie in the lawn will also kill the flowers. What do I do?
Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 15, 2008


There's no herbicide you can use to kill creeping charlie without harming your perennials so my only suggestion is to pull out what you can see and then cover the ground around your perennials with weed barrier, black plastic, or even several inches of newspapers covered by bark. The idea is to eliminate sunlight. Without sunlight, the creeping charlie will eventually die out.

Best wishes with your garden!

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