Creeping Charlie is taking over my grass - Knowledgebase Question

Omaha, Ne
Question by smgmbrown
June 30, 2010
Can you tell us a good way too get rid of creeping Charlie without killing what little grass we have? we had lead in the dirt and the city came in and put this clay junk down. Nothing wants too grow through. We don't have a lot of money to spend. so if you could help, thanks.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


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 summer when the weather starts to warm. The University of Minnesota and Iowa State University have tested this recipe and report good results.

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