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How to Kill Creeping Charlie Without Killing the Lawn

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Creeping Charlie is a highly invasive lawn weed. It spreads through your lawn by sending out runners that root into the ground. Like most other lawn weeds, it can be controlled through the use of herbicides along with other lawn care practices. The appropriate time to spray creeping Charlie is either in the spring or early fall when the plant is actively growing. Spraying herbicide in the summer won't have much effect on the creeping Charlie, and may even harm or kill your lawn.

Attach a herbicide concentrate bottle to your garden hose. The herbicide should contain the active ingredients 2,4-D and dicamba.

Turn the water on at the spigot and turn the herbicide bottle's control knob to the "on" position.

Spray the herbicide over your entire yard using a back-and-forth sweeping action. Spray until all the foliage is wet.

Turn the control knob on the herbicide off and turn the water off at the spigot. Disconnect the bottle from the garden hose and store if any herbicide is left in the bottle.

Repeat the application in two weeks if the creeping Charlie has not fully died off.

Mow your grass at a height of 2 1/2 to 3 inches every four to seven days. The higher mowing height will prevent creeping Charlie from thriving within your lawn.

Kill Creeping Charlie Without Weed Killer

Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea, sometimes also spelled "creeping charley") spreads by creeping underground rhizomes, so it can quickly take over a moist, shady garden bed or lawn. This invasive perennial weed grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 10. Cover the bed with cardboard sheets, a thick layer of newspaper or a piece of old carpet. Weighing the covering down with rocks or bricks ensures it stays in place so light and moisture don't reach the creeping Charlie. Check under the covering weekly until the creeping Charlie is completely dead, and then pull and rake up the plant debris before reseeding the bed or covering with a more attractive mulch, such as wood chips. Proper lawn care can help eradicate creeping Charlie in lawn grass. Any clippings left on the lawn can root, spreading the weed over a larger area. Avoid overwatering and allow the soil to dry out between each watering to help suppress creeping Charlie growth. For example, hostas (Hosta spp. ), Although borax is not a registered pesticide, it can help control creeping Charlie but the costs to your desired plants and chemical dangers don't make it a worthwhile or smart alternative.


Fertilize your grass with a high-quality lawn fertilizer in the spring and early fall. A healthy lawn will be able to resist weed infestations easier.


Spraying herbicide in the summer may stress and kill your grass. Only spray in the spring or early fall.

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