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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie

By Jaimie Zinski ; Updated September 21, 2017

Creeping Charlie is a fast-growing weed that sports beautiful purple flowers. In the past. many people allowed this weed to grow unchecked in their yards because it was so pleasant to the eye. This was ultimately a mistake because this plant will completely take over a yard, suffocating grass and flowerbeds in its path.

Suffocate The Weed

Creeping Charlie that is found in your yard should be exposed to as much sunlight as possible. To achieve this, prune trees and shrubs that may provide this pesky weed with the shade it requires to thrive.

Pull Out The Weeds

Do not hoe or till Creeping Charlie. You can dislodge small bits of the weed that can regrow easily in other parts of your lawn. Instead, either manually yank out the Creeping Charlie, including its roots, or use a hand cultivator to pull up the weeds. Pick up any remnants of soil that may contain the Creeping Charlie.

Apply Mulch

After you have successfully weeded the lawn, cover the cultivated soil with mulch. Place a 2-inch layer of wood mulch over the formerly affected area. This will suffocate any Creeping Charlie pieces that may have been left behind and help to prevent them from successfully rooting in the soil.

The Dangers Of Borax

Do not use Borax. For several years, boron, the active ingredient in Borax, was believed to be the best tool to eliminate Creeping Charlie. Studies conducted in Wisconsin showed that using too much of this substance also kills grass growing around the Creeping Charlie. This study also revealed that boron does not break down and can remain in soil for several years.


About the Author


Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.