Creeping Charlie - Knowledgebase Question

Rockford, Il
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Question by angelcloud26
April 4, 2009
I have creeping charlie in my yard and so do my neighbors. Do you know how to get rid of it? I have heard creeping charlie was actually planted as a filler years ago.

Answer from NGA
April 4, 2009
Creeping charlie is still available in some nurseries - if you can believe that! 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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