Control Creeping Charlie and Ground Ivy in Your Chicago Lawn
- February 13, 2019
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One of the most damaging weeds in lawns in the Midwest is Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea). Also known as Ground Ivy, this weed has distinct kidney-bean shaped leaves with small purplish flowers and scalloped leaf margins. This plant creeps with along the ground, with long stems that root at the root nodes. As the plant creeps, it damages turf and other plants in the lawn and in the area of the Creeping Charlie plants.
Creeping Charlie can quickly take control of a lawn through its rapid growth and creeping extensions, taking over an entire lawn in a short period of time. It especially fills in bare areas of the lawn, such as shady areas where the grass growth is limited.
The best way to control Creeping Charlie is to manage the original plant before it goes to seed and starts spreading. Hand pulling, hoeing, and smothering the weedy areas with mulch can be effective in stopping the weed before it propagates.
You can also chemically control Creeping Charlie through the use of a post-emergent broadleaf weed killer that contains dicamba. It typically takes at least 2 applications of a dicamba-based post-emergent broadleaf weed killer per season to control or eliminate Creeping Charlie from your lawn. Chemicals containing triclopyr or 2,4-DP are also effective herbicidal treatments against Creeping Charlie.
ExperiGreen Lawn Care provides a full spectrum of weed control and lawn care programs that helps your lawn regain or maintain its healthy, vibrant appearance. These programs include:
If you’re having trouble with Creeping Charlie, Ground Ivy, or with any weeds in your lawn, contact ExperiGreen Lawn Care today, and let’s talk about getting your lawn back to full health.