Creeping Charlie removal without chemicals

Asked July 21, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

I have a heavy infestation of creeping charlie I use a mulching mower I don't garden with chemicals What I have read about removing creeping Charlie is borax, which may not work and may kill other things I have also read increasing nitrogen and ph may help other vegetation out compete I have a lot of newly cleared areas wherer I am growing vegetables and native shrubs and perennials. Eventually I want to have less lawn but not all creeping Charlie I am a certified Pollinator garden I am in Erie County Any Ideas

Erie County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Hello, and thanks for using the Ask an Expert System,
Controlling creeping Charlie, also known as ground ivy, pennywort, and chickweed can be difficult. I am attaching a link to a bulletin from the University of Minnesota Extension, “Using Borax to Control Creeping Charlie.” You can find it at;

You may find that careful use of an herbicide may be necessary. For additional information I recommend that you contact your local Penn State Extension Office. You can contact the Erie County office at 850 East Gore Road, Erie, PA 16509-3798, Phone: 814-825-0900, Fax: 814-825-4783, E-mail:,

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