Creeping Charlie Weed Control

Overview

Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) is an invasive weed that creeps over the ground, often invading turf lawns. It is from the mint family and was brought to America from Europe to be used as a shade ground cover.The plant features bright green, scalloped-edged leaves and small purple flowers. Creeping Charlie is a perennial ground cover that returns year after year, quickly overtaking desirable plants. The weed spreads by seed, rhizomes and root nodes on the stems, making it quite difficult to control.

Step 1

Apply a broadleaf herbicide to the Creeping Charlie. Purchase one that contains the Dicamba, which specifically targets ground ivy. Thoroughly wet the leaves of the plant. The best time to do this is in early fall when the weed is growing vigorously. The thriving leaves will absorb the poison and spread it to the rest of the plant.

Step 2

Pull out small patches of Creeping Charlie by hand or wait two weeks after applying the herbicide, then use a thatching tool to break up large amounts of the weed, and rake it up.

Step 3

Discard the pulled-up vines in a trash bag or burn them. Even small portions of the Creeping Charlie vine can take root, so do not put them in a compost pile. Also, make sure to remove as much of the plant as possible from the ground.

Step 4

Maintain your landscape in such a way that it will not encourage the growth of Creeping Charlie, which loves wet, shady soil. Look for areas of standing water to see if the ground can be reshaped so that it does not retain as much moisture. Remove plants that cast a lot of shade, if they are undesirable, and especially if they cast shade over your lawn. Keep your lawn mowed to a length of 2-1/2 inches, and keep it healthy so that the grass will crowd out weeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbicide that contains Dicamba.
  • Thatching tool
  • Rake
  • Trash bag

References

  • University of Wisconsin: Controlling Creeping Charlie

Who Can Help

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About this Author

April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.