abc
QUICK LINKS:

Controlling Creeping Charlie in the Lawn

Updated: 05/30/2014 5:09 PM
Created: 05/30/2014 4:55 PM WDIO.com
By: Melinda Myers

It’s fragrant, produces purple-blue flowers in spring, and adapts well to sun or shade. I just described creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) also known as ground ivy, a weed most gardeners are trying to eliminate from their lawns.

Digging is a difficult, long-term process and one where the creeping Charlie usually outlasts the gardener. As you can see, this weed creeps along the soil surface, rooting as it grows. Any little piece of stem that gets left behind will root and reinfest the area.

You may want to try the new chelated iron weed killers. This natural selective herbicide kills broadleaf weeds, but not your grass.

Treating with a broadleaf weed killer when the plants are in full bloom or after a hard freeze will kill the plant. Just keep in mind there are lots of seeds in the soil waiting for a bit of space to sprout and grow.

Be sure to read and follow label directions carefully.

A bit more information:

Creeping Charlie often gets its start in the shade. Once this weed is controlled, replant these areas with shade tolerant ground covers. Canadian ginger, coral bells (Heuchera), foam flower (Tiarella), hosta, lungwort (Pulmonaria), barronwort (Epimedium), and deadnettle (Lamium) are a few to consider.

Creeping Charlie, (Glechoma hederacea)

Front Page

  • FILE - U.S. Steel has announced plans to partially idle Minntac in Mountain Iron effective June 1. US Steel to Partially Idle Minntac, Potentially Affecting 700

    Three weeks after announcing plans to temporarily idle Keewatin Taconite, U.S. Steel has announced plans to temporarily idle a portion of the Minntac plant in Mountain Iron.  The company did not announce exactly how many employees will be affected, but union officials told Eyewitness News they expected about 700 workers to be impacted.

  • As Steelworkers Brace for Hundreds of Layoffs, Politicians Call for Change

    The past month has been tough for miners on the Iron Range. They got more bad news on Tuesday that U.S. Steel announced plans to temporarily idle a portion of the Minntac Plant in Mountain Iron. 

  • A federal judge has dismissed the City of Duluth's attempt to restore an agreement that had given the city millions of dollars in revenue from the Fond-du-Luth Casino annually. Duluth Loses Bid to Restore Casino Agreement

    A federal court has dismissed the City of Duluth's attempt to reinstate an agreement that had provided the city with millions of dollars annually from the Fond-du-Luth Casino.  In an opinion Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld a notice of violation issued in 2011, saying the National Indian Gaming Commission was within its rights to issue the violation.

  • Duluth Superintendent Finalist for Twin Cities Job

    After more than three years on the job, a Twin Cities school district announced Duluth Superintendent Bill Gronseth is one of six finalists for their top job. 

  • Is It Enough? Parent, Teachers Talk Music in Duluth Schools

    Duluth East High School Senior Dan Richards has had a lot of success as a cellist this year, including getting into Berklee College of Music and making it to the final round of a statewide contest. His father, however, has expressed concerns that students today don't have the same resources that his son did.

 
Advertisement