Lawn being overrun by spreading weed.

Asked September 10, 2019, 7:03 AM EDT

This weed (see picture) has overtaken my lawn in recent years. What is it? How can I best, safely, eliminate it? dougm

Montgomery County Maryland lawns and turf weed identification creeping charlie

1 Response

This is a common lawn weed called ground ivy or creeping Charlie
(Glechoma hederacea). It is a member of the mint family and is not easy to control. Please refer to the following information found on our website about it,
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/ground-ivy

But replies to lawn weed control questions from people in Montgomery now need to allow for the Montgomery County Pesticide Law. The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland recently ruled in favor of the law restricting the use of pesticides on private lawns and childcare facility grounds in Montgomery County. This is a new law and Montgomery County officials are still deciding on how to proceed. The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection has information about the law and organic lawn care on their website

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/lawns/

We also have some resources on our website that may be of help to you:

Organic lawn care - https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/organic-lawn-care

Tips for Lawn Weed Prevention and Management -
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/tips-lawn-weed-prevention-and-management

Deb