Q: How can I get rid of creeping Charlie in my lawn?
— Patty Prince, Akron
A: Creeping Charlie and ground ivy are common names for Glechoma hederacea, a lawn weed that’s aggressive and difficult to control. It creeps along the ground and puts down many roots along the length of its stem, making it hard to remove by hand.
Chemical herbicides can be used to control it, but the timing of the application is critical. The Michigan State University Extension recommends applying a post-emergent herbicide for broadleaf weed control in the fall, although the treatment can also be effective if it’s applied in spring when the weed is in flower.
The extension service recommends products containing the herbicide 2,4-D or a combination of 2,4-D, dicamba and MCPP or MCPA. If that doesn’t work, try a product containing triclopyr that’s designed for hard-to-kill weeds, such as Confront, Chaser, Battleship, Momentum or Ortho Weed-B-Gon Chickweed, Clover and Oxalis Killer, the extension says.
If the infested area has very little grass, the Ohio State University Extension recommends applying a non-selective herbicide such as Roundup to kill everything and then replanting grass.
Whatever control tactic you use, it’s important to take steps to improve your lawn so it can fend off new weeds. Good mowing, fertilization and watering practices can help you build a dense, healthy lawn.
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