How To Get Rid Of Creeping Charlie

How to get rid of creeping charlie? Creeping charlie, or ground ivy, is a weed that can be difficult to get rid of. It grows quickly and can take over your lawn if you’re not careful.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to get rid of creeping charlie using different methods. We will also provide tips on preventing it from coming back!

Creeping charlie (Glechoma hederacea) is a perennial weed that can be difficult to control. The best way to get rid of creeping charlie is to pull it out by the roots, using a hand tool or trowel.

If the weed has invaded a large area, you may want to use a chemical herbicide. Be sure to read and follow all directions on the herbicide label.

Many herbicides are non-selective and will kill any plants they come in contact with, so take care when applying them. There are also many organic herbicides that can be used to control creeping charlie.

How to get rid of creeping charlie

The best way to control creeping charlie is through regular mowing.

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Creeping charlie is a weed that keeps coming back. The best way to get rid of it is to pull it out by the roots, using a tool like a hand trowel.

While this won’t completely eradicate the plant, it will help keep the weed at bay.

Additionally, you can use an herbicide that contains either triclopyr or 2,4-D to manage to creep charlie growth – although it’s important to thoroughly read and follow any instructions for use on product packages for safety reasons.

Similarly, mulching heavily around areas with established creeping charlie can aid in suppressing the weed from growing; however, it can take several years before you see its full effects.

As long as you remain diligent about regular maintenance like mowing and mulching over time, you should eventually get rid of all nuisance creeping charlie in your yard.

How to remove creeping charlie by hand

Removing creeping charlie, also known as ground ivy or gill-over-the-ground, may seem like a daunting task to take on by hand.

However, with some persistence and determination, this invasive weed is dealt with. The first step is to identify the creeping charlie – it has small round leaves that are generally dark green in color and deep rooting stems.

If the area of infestation is fairly small, you can use a rake to loosen up the soil until you can pull out the root systems by hand. Be sure to remove as much of the plant as possible and put it in a sealed container for disposal.

For larger areas, you may need to use a shovel or hoe to dig out underlying roots more easily. Hoeing repeatedly cripples the plant’s energy sources while regularly weeding will eventually smother and starve them out with consistent effort over time.

Once you have gotten rid of all visible plants and roots, spread fresh compost over the area each spring which will allow helpful bacteria and fungi to compete with the weeds for nutrients in the soil.

With some patience and hard work, you can get rid of creeping charlie from your lawn or garden without having to resort to herbicides or pesticides. 

Natural methods on how to get rid of creeping charlie

Natural methods such as hand weeding, group planting, and shade cloth are all good options to get rid of creeping charlie without resorting to harsh chemicals.

Hand weeding is the cheapest option but it can be time-consuming so it’s best to pull the weeds right away before they spread out of control. Plant groups of tall grasses or perennial flowers closely together to help crowd out the invader.

Shade cloth will block more than 70% of the sunlight helping to starve creeping Charlie and killing it eventually. Natural methods may take longer but they prevent harm to animals, pets, soil, and underground water sources while eliminating creeping Charlie from your landscape.

With patience, natural methods are extremely effective in combatting this nuisance invader without having any lasting negative effects on your environment. This makes them a viable long-term solution for keeping your lawn in balance. 

How to get rid of creeping charlie using herbicide

There are several ways to get rid of creeping charlie without resorting to heavy-duty tilling or manually uprooting each offending plant. One of the most effective methods is using an herbicide specifically designed for this type of weed.

Start by mowing your lawn short so the leaves are exposed then apply the herbicide according to the directions. Be sure that you make multiple applications over the course of several weeks to thoroughly eradicate the creeping charlie as well as any other invading weeds.

Pay special attention to any water runoff channels or wet areas of your lawn, since these are perfect breeding grounds for invasive plants and weeds. With persistent work and an effective herbicide, you should be able to battle back against creeping Charlie and reclaim your lawn in no time!

How to get rid of creeping charlie by smothering it

One way to control this weed is by smothering it. This method consists of cutting off the top two inches of growth and then covering the area with thick pieces of cardboard or black plastic.

The cardboard needs to be weighted down in order for it to stay securely in place and then left there for at least four weeks so that all the vegetation underneath is killed by a lack of sunlight.

After that, the cardboard should be removed along with any dead plants and grass clippings that have built up on top and disposed of away from the garden area.

Doing this will help stop stories from being spread by creeping charlie and ensure a healthy, nutritious lawn for many years to come! 

Tips on preventing creeping charlie from coming back 

To keep creeping charlie from returning and taking over again, follow these tips: First, make sure the soil is not compacted and that it has good drainage – this will help to create conditions where it’s more difficult for weeds to take root.

Second, mowing your lawn regularly helps to reduce weed growth – keep the grass cut short so that light cannot reach the soil beneath. Third, fertilize your lawn with a slow-release or organic fertilizer so that you have healthy turf to compete with invading weeds.

Fourth, if you find a patch of creeping charlie already present in your lawn, dig it up by hand or use a spot treatment to kill the weed on contact.

Finally, test your soil periodically and adjust the pH level if needed; creeping Charlie usually thrives in acidic soil. By following these tips consistently you should be able to keep any future weed invasions under control!

However, if all else fails, professional lawn care treatments may be your final hope for eradication.


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    Keith Chen is Jacks of Science Senior Staff Writer and authority on chemistry and all things science. He is currently a full-time scientific analyst focused on chemical engineering, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Keith has held roles such as chemist, engineer, and chief technician. His degree is focused around Physical chemistry and Analytical chemistry, but his passion is biomedical. He completed an internship at the All-Hands-Chemistry Discovery Center and Scientific Exploration Lab in Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys studying Zoology as a passion project.