ground ivy taking over yard

Asked September 13, 2015, 11:32 PM EDT

Ground ivy--with rounded, geranium-resembling leaves and trailing rooted stems--has taken over much of my small backyard lawn. Three years ago I killed all the grass by covering it tightly and reseeded the lawn with seed appropriate to the amount of sunlight the area gets, which is mostly no less than 6 hours during the warm months. Today much of the grass has been replaced by this creeping weed. I haven't fertilized because I am afraid of the polluting effects, and I don't care about having a "weed"-free lawn. But now it seems I have more ground ivy than grass. Why is the ground ivy going wild? How can I get some grass again?

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

As you can see from the accompanying page, ground ivy is difficult to control. While we recommend manual removal in the spring, chemical control is sometimes required.
In order to regain a turf grass lawn, it will be necessary to provide appropriate fertilization.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/ground-ivy
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/lawns
LS