Creeping vines - Knowledgebase Question

Clarksville, Ma
Question by robbies_mom
June 3, 2010
Two harmful vine-type weeds plague my central Maryland garden. Both grow and spread quickly and choke out my flowers and shrubs. One has long skinny spade-shaped leaves, and the other is sticky and covered in tiny sharp prickers. Do you know what they are and a more effective means of controlling them? I must miss bits of the root pulling them up. Thank you.

Answer from NGA
June 3, 2010


I'm guessing that one weed is creeping charlie but I'm not sure about the other. 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 University of Minnesota and Iowa State University have tested this recipe and report good results. It may work for you, too.

Or, Fertilome Over The Top is safe to use around most shrubs and perennials. Check the extensive plant list on the label to make sure the plants you are growing are listed. Amaze by Green Light is a similar product.

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