Clover and creeping charlie - Knowledgebase Question

South Elgin, Il
Question by mattponsoll
May 1, 2009
What is the bets way to irradicate clover and creeping charlie from my lawn. I have a acre.

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2009


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. Clover is a difficult weed to control. Hand digging is most effective but there are chemicals available that specifically target clover. Look for chickweed and clover control in your local garden center. Best wishes with your lawn!

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