Creeping Charlie is a herbaceous plant that spreads by seed and by creeping stems which are also known as stolons that develop along the ground. Creeping Charlie was brought into North America from Europe by early pilgrims who thought it would be a decent groundcover for shade. A various type of the plant is in some cases used in hanging wicker bin. Creeping Charlie is otherwise called ground ivy, gill-on-the-ground, or called by its botanical name Glechoma hederacea.


Now let’s get straight to the point, How can I kill creeping, Charlie? Creeping Charlie flourishes in wet, shady spots, for example, under trees and bushes, and along the north sides of buildings or structures. Adjusting these damp, dark conditions can debilitate growth of creeping Charlie.

If conceivable, enhance soil seepage or water less as often as possible to dry the soil, and prune trees to open the shade or canopy and increase light intensity. If creeping Charlie is attacking a thin garden, attempt to enhance your turf health and thickness to get weeds under control.

This can be done by mowing consistently to a particular height(3 and one-half inches), watering and adding the appropriate amount of fertilizer, and also overseeding in the fall. Additionally, ensure to develop the most flexible kind of turfgrass for the area. On the other hand, consider removing grass and growing shade-loving plants, like the English ivy, vinca, or pachysandra that contend well with weeds. In some areas where creeping Charlie has overpowered, have a go at removing plants by hand. This is the control strategy for decision in flower or vegetable gardens. Anyways, this may not be a feasible choice in highly infested regions, as the large spreading stems of creeping Charlie can be hard to expel entirely. When plants are pulled, be sure to discard the plants such that they can’t re-root.

An option (and periodically more powerful) methods for controlling creeping Charlie is a postemergence broadleaf herbicide. The best decision for mortgage holders is a weed executioner that contains triclopyr. This dynamic fixing is found in numerous financially accessible mortgage holder garden mind items, periodically in a mix with different herbicides, for example, dicamba (3,6-dichloro-o-anisic corrosive), 2,4-D (2, four dichlorophenoxyacetic corrosives) and mecoprop or MCPP [2-(2-methly-4-chlorophenoxy) propionic acid]. Items containing 2,4-DP can likewise give adequate control. The majority of the items recorded above can be used for treating yards, however, can’t be utilized as a part of vegetable or bloom cultivates the same number of regular vegetables and ornamentals are broadleaf plants that are incredibly powerless to these herbicides. In regions of a garden with an immense creeping Charlie pervasion, it might be less demanding to utilize a wide range herbicide (e.g., glyphosate) to slaughter the greater part of the vegetation in the region and after that reseed the yard.

When making use of a herbicide for creeping Charlie control, make sure to peruse and take after all mark directions of the item that you select to guarantee that you utilize the item in the most secure and best way conceivable. A general dependable guideline is to make applications when temperatures are between the mid-40s to late 80s, there is no rain expected for the next 24 hours taking after application, and there is almost no wind. Try not to cut the treated zone for a few days prior and then afterward a herbicide application. MCPP, Dicamba, triclopyr 2,4-D applications for creeping Charlie control ought to be made when plants are effectively developing. A mid to late harvest time herbicide use is frequently especially compelling. Amid this period, plants are drawing supplements from their leaves and into their underlying foundations for capacity over the winter, and herbicides are all the more adequately moved into the roots also, bringing about better control. A moment application can be made in the fall if necessary. Herbicide applications can likewise be made in the spring, however ought to be planned to relate to creeping Charlie’s sprouting period (ordinarily April to June). Plants are more delicate to herbicides amid this time. Once more, a moment application might be necessary to get adequate control. Take note of that any herbicide containing dicamba ought not to be utilized as a part of a given zone more than twice every year. At long last, borax has been touted as a natural control for creeping Charlie. Be that as it may, inquire about at both the University of Wisconsin and Iowa

State University has demonstrated that borax does not give long term control of creeping Charlie and can harm turf and different plants, bringing about hindering and yellowing. Along these lines, borax is not suggested for creeping Charlie (or other broadleaf weed) control.

General Tips for Controlling Creeping Charlie:

  • One approach to managing creeping charlie is to give it all the more light. It loves shades, and If you trim up trees or find different ways to giving light, it will help thin it out and possibly annihilate it.
  • Be persistent. Creeping charlie can’t be destroyed in just a year. It takes patience and persistence on top of it all through the season and over a time of a couple of years to dispose of it.

That said, the best way to further attack creeping charlie depends on whether it’s on a lawn or in bed or border, where you have to worry about harming other plants.

  • Don’t try to hoe the creepy Charlie. Small bits that are left in the soil will recover. (What’s more, abstain from tilling the soil If you can.) It’s best to either totally get rid of creeping charlie with chemicals or to haul it out with a ground rake.