Eradicating Creeping Charlie

Asked March 13, 2019, 4:13 PM EDT

What is the best way to get rid of Creeping Charlie?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Creeping Charlie is a difficult weed to control because it spreads aggressively by seed, stolons and rhizomes. Herbicides applied at the wrong time will not translocate through these plants parts and this weed will regrow from the rhizomes and stolons. Mow your turf at 3" or higher.

Creeping Charlie is often found in moist areas, disturbed sites, low woods, lawns, and along roadsides. It tolerates sunny as well as shady spots. Apply broad leaf herbicide in the spring after flowering and then again 3-4 weeks later. Unfortunately, these applications may be needed for many years to be most successful. Fall fertilization will thicken the grass stand. Over seed each fall to thicken the turf even more.