Hi, what's the best for spraying to control ground ivy? Thanks!

Asked March 14, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT

Hi, what's the best for spraying to control ground ivy? Thanks!

Howard County Maryland

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Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), also known as creeping Charlie, is a perennial plant that grows low to the ground. It is an extremely difficult weed to manage in lawns because it establishes roots at each stem node as it spreads along the ground, Ground ivy can grow under a variety of conditions, but prefers shady, damp locations which are not favorable conditions for grass.
Improving the growing conditions for the turf can slow the spread of ground ivy: raise the mowing height to 3 inches, maintain proper fertilization levels, improve drainage, and decrease shade.

Treat the ground ivy with a liquid broadleaf, post-emergent herbicide. Look on the label for the active ingredients 2,4-D in combination with MCPP/MCPA and dicamba. Herbicides that contain the active ingredient triclopyr are also another good option. Actually, the optimum time for herbicide applications is late summer into early fall.

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