Creeping Charlie weeds - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
Question by bobsuth
September 23, 2008
My lawn is infested with creeping charlie weeds. What can I use to rid of them before next year?


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Answer from NGA
September 23, 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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