how to kill creeping charlie

Asked May 28, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

how to kill creeping charlie

Dakota County Minnesota

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Fall is the best time to apply postemergence herbicides for control of ground ivy or Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea). Herbicide treatments are also effective in the spring when Creeping Charlie is in flower. Combination products of 2,4-D, dicamba and MCPP/MCPA provided better control than 2,4-D alone. Herbicides containing 2,4-D; 2,4-DP; clopyralid; dicamba; MCPA; MCPP or triclopyr alone or in combination can be used to control Creeping Charlie at these times of year. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/weeds/creeping-charlie/ http://urbanext.illinois.edu/lawntalk/weeds/managing_creeping_charlie_and_violets.cfm

is there an organic homemade solutionto control creeping Charlie that is safe around children and pets?

The best defense against Creeping Charlie is maintaining a dense, vigorous stand of grass. Growing conditions that favor lawns often discourage the growth of creeping Charlie. Decreasing shade and soil moisture will create an environment better suited for turf grass growth and less conducive for Creeping Charlie. While cultural practices can be used to help discourage ground ivy infestations, they will not provide complete control. Boron, or borax, is a naturally occurring mineral found in the laundry detergent Twenty Mule Team Borax. It kills Creeping Charlie but is disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Borax kills creeping Charlie but it persist in the soil and does not break down. In slight excess, Borax will kill not only the creeping Charlie, but also the grass and other plants in the area.