Last week I inquired about a problem I have with creeping Charlie in my lawn....

Asked September 3, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

Last week I inquired about a problem I have with creeping Charlie in my lawn. Your response said that the only solution was to spray Roundup on the lawn an reseed. I talked to a lawn care company that told me they remove it by applying Trichloro-2-Pyridinloxyaceic Acid to the lawn. Have you heard of this and would recommend that I hire them? I found this chemical in Chickweed Clover & Oxalis Killer made by Bonide. Is this a product that you know about, can I apply it myself, and how effective is it?

Baltimore County Maryland lawns and turf

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There are many ways to handle creeping Charlie in your lawn. We didn't mean to imply that the ONLY approach was to kill the entire lawn and do a total lawn renovation, but that is the best option when your lawn is more than 50% weeds.

If you have less than 50% weeds, and would like to selectively kill the creeping Charlie, then the Chickweed, Clover and Oxalis Killer containing triclopyr (short name for the chemical you describe) is a good choice. Speed Zone is another effective herbicide for creeping Charlie. You can easily spray either of these products yourself with a sprayer.

Keep in mind that creeping Charlie is a VERY tough weed. Early fall is the prime time to kill it, but it usually takes at least two applications, spaced about 2-3 weeks apart, to really knock it out. That's why you want to start this process early in the fall. Even late August is okay.

If you plan to reseed--and fall is the best time to do that also, the earlier the better--be sure to read the herbicide label carefully to learn how long your must wait to reseed after applying the herbicide.

(About the Round-Up: One good thing about glyphosate is that you can reseed fairly soon after application. About a week. Read the label. Glyphosate is the important chemical in Round-Up and is available in many other products now. It isn't available only in Round-Up anymore.)