How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie

Overview

Creeping Charlie is a ground ivy and perennial weed that can be difficult to control as it commonly spreads from stems, rhizomes and seeds. The weed grows in well-shaded areas, such as under shrubs or trees. The weed, however, cannot thrive in extremely hot conditions. Creeping Charlie can easily be identified by its dark green and round leaves. The leaves also have sharp pointy edges. The weed can grow up to 2 ft. and damage any plants in a nearby garden.

Step 1

Trim your shrubs or branches of your tree using gardening shears so that a larger abundance of sunlight reaches the Creeping Charlie. Wait for two weeks to see if the weed becomes eradicated from the sunlight or at least thins out.

Step 2

Pull out any existing weeds with your hands. Make sure that you wear latex gloves. You may need to dig into the dirt slightly to fully uproot the weed.

Step 3

Apply a broadleaf herbicide which will act as a post-emergent herbicide. Spray the herbicide during the middle of fall. Make sure not to spray the herbicide on any other areas of your grass.

Step 4

Spray herbicide again in early spring to keep the weed from growing again. This time you should make sure that the herbicide contains dicamba or triclopyr. It's important that you use a broadleaf herbicide that is for pre-emergent applications.

Step 5

Add the herbicide a second time during the middle of spring to make sure the weeds won't grow. Another option at this time is to sprinkle Borax over the area or on any emerging weeds. However, you must be particularly careful to not let the Borax spread on any other parts of your lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Shears
  • Latex gloves
  • Herbicide

References

  • Creeping Charlie or Ground Ivy
  • Controlling Creeping Charlie
  • Creeping Charlie
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About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.