Creeping Charlie - Knowledgebase Question

Appleton, Wi
Question by schaffjennif
April 15, 2010
I have creeping charlie, at least that's what I think it's called. How do I get rid of it?

Answer from NGA
April 15, 2010


Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) can be a real pest because it is resistant to most herbicides. 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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