How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie in the Flower Bed


Creeping Charlie is an invasive broadleaf weed that primarily infests lawns. But occasionally, if conditions are right, creeping charlie will creep into garden soil. This happens most often in gardens that are infrequently tended or abandoned. Creeping Charlie is quite easy to remove from a garden. However, to keep it from coming back you must either eliminate its source (likely in a nearby lawn) or install edging around your garden.

Step 1

Use a pair of lopping or pruning shears to cut creeping Charlie to within 1 inch of the ground. Bag the pruned material and discard it in the trash bin.

Step 2

Use a trowel to dig out as much of the creeping Charlie's roots as possible without disturbing the roots of your other plants. Bag the roots and discard them in the trash bin.

Step 3

Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over the soil. This will smother the roots of any creeping Charlie that you were unable to dig out without harming your plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Lopping or pruning shears
  • Organic mulch


  • Barron County Cooperative Extention: Creeping Charlie Control
  • Univeristy of Illinois: Creeping Charlie
  • Chicago Tribune: Getting Rid of Creeping Charlie

Who Can Help

  • NexTag: Garden Edging
Keywords: creeping charlie, garden creeping charlie, garden weed

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