Entire yard covered with creeping charlie...

Asked February 15, 2018, 4:57 PM EST

The creeping charlie has consumed my yard almost 100% and I am unsure how or when to treat it. Personally I love it - no mowing and nice and green. But I know it's invasive and that my neighbors don't want it to spread to them. How can I most easily and cheaply eradicate it and replace with something green? I've read about Borax treatment, but not sure about this entire yard with that approach? Or how to replace it quickly with something growing before mud takes over. Honestly, I am clueless about this stuff. Just to make it harder for you - I have about zero budget and bad knees. I also really avoid harsh chemicals - I do have a dog on the lawn and live near water that I don't want to absorb pesticides, etc.

Scott County Minnesota creeping charlie

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Creeping Charlie is challenging to manage or eliminate and typically involves repeated efforts if hand pulling or using pesticides. If you do choose to get rid of it, the University of Minnesota says to consider starting over with your lawn if creeping Charlie composes more than 50% of your lawn, such as by using glyphosphate and then reseeding or using sod. The borax method is not recommended. One option that does not require chemicals or physical removal of the current lawn is solarization which involves covering the affected area with plastic sheeting. This can take several months however, particular in shady areas. See the link below for additional information. http://blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu/2017/06/creeping-charlie-management-and-value.html Once the creeping Charlie is removed, appropriate lawn seed choices (such as shade tolerant seed in shady areas), fertilization and managing any underlying problems is important to prevent weeds from taking over again. The University of Minnesota has a lot of information to help with these steps as well. https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/lawns/ Alternatively, you could look at planting grass alternatives such as other ground covers, depending on your preferences and how you choose to use the space. Additional sources of information including other creeping Charlie management options can be found here: http://blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu/2016/04/weed-management-creeping-charlie.html https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/weed/broadleaf/creeping/creepingcharlie.html