Destroy creeping charlie - Knowledgebase Question

Lockport, Il
Question by popeye51
March 25, 2009
Neighbors call it Creeping Charlie. When pulling it out, it travels thru the lawn. It spreads very fast. I use Halts, but it doesn't do a thing. My home & lot exceed 15,000'. Is there anything to destroy it?


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Answer from NGA
March 25, 2009

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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 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. Give it a try - you may have good results, too.

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