How to Eradicate Creeping Charlie


Creeping Charlie is a low-growing broadleaf weed that is also known as ground ivy or creeping Jenny. Fighting creeping Charlie may seem like a never-ending battle due to the energetic invasiveness of this weed. Some conventional herbicides are ineffective for eradicating creeping Charlie so a gardener must read ingredient labels carefully to find an effective weed killer. Herbicides containing 2, 4-D and dicamba will often help a gardener gain the advantage and eradicate creeping Charlie from landscaping areas. For best results, apply the herbicide in early autumn during the most active growth of this invasive ground cover.

Step 1

Mow the lawn at a height of 2.5 to 3 inches at least two days prior to applying the herbicide. Keeping your lawn long will help keep the grass strong and will enable the herbicide to contact the broadleaf creeping Charlie effectively.

Step 2

Choose a warm day with temperatures over 60 degrees F. A sunny day with calm winds is ideal for applying herbicides to a lawn area because the wind will not blow the herbicide into any areas where desired plants grow. Choose a day when rain is not in the weather forecast for at least 24 hours after applying the herbicide.

Step 3

Spray the weed killer onto the areas where creeping Charlie grows. Saturate the growing area thoroughly so that all foliage is completely covered in weed killer.

Step 4

Assess the creeping Charlie growing areas approximately one week later. If you still see creeping Charlie actively growing at this time, reapply the weed killer a second time using the same application techniques.

Step 5

Sow new grass seeds or other seeds in the area where the creeping Charlie was growing as soon as possible to keep creeping Charlie from returning. When you fill in a growing area with healthy and vibrant plants, often weeds cannot gain a stronghold.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep humans and pets away from the application area until the weed killer dries completely. Wait at least two to three days before mowing the area again after applying the herbicide.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Liquid weed killer (containing 2, 4-D and dicamba herbicide chemicals)


  • Polk County Cooperative Extension: Creeping Charlie
  • Iowa State University Extension: Creeping Charlie
  • Ohio State University Extension: Broadleaf Weed Control
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.