creaping charlie weeds - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
Question by bobsuth
September 7, 2008
This year my backyard (full sun) is loaded with creeping charlie weeds. My front lawn (shady) has none. I have applied 2 gallons of weed killer and no effect to creeping charlie but other weeds are gone. What is my problem?


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Answer from NGA
September 7, 2008

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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 the weeds. The boron doesn't affect turfgrass, but overwhelms the roots of creeping Charlie. Cool weather reduces its effectiveness so apply when the weather is warm. The University of Minnesota and Iowa State University have tested this recipe and report good results. Hope it works for you, too.

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