Creeping charlie, aka ground ivy, is a common lawn weed known for its green vines, flat mat-like growing style, fan-shaped leaves, and small purple flowers. Creeping charlie can be pesky and as the name suggests it can be a tricky weed to control. The plant presents a few problems to control because every leaf of the plant forms a root structure, and any rooted node of the plant can regrow into a new plant. Stems and roots of creeping charlie must be completely removed to prevent future growth. Left unmanaged the plant will expand more rapidly and slowly but surely it can overrun a lawn in a matter of time.
Interesting Facts About Creeping Charlie
Creeping charlie belongs to the mint family and has a strong fragrance when pulled by hand
Creeping charlie is also known as ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, alehoof, and run-away-robin.
In Europe Creeping charlie was used to flavor ales prior to the introduction of hops.
Creeping charlie was introduced to North America from Europe.
Creeping charlie leaves are edible and medicinal, and it tastes very bitter.
Creeping Charlie Control Methods
Creeping charlie requires repeated weeding, because each flower can produce up to four seeds. The stem can also be reproduce a clone by touching the ground and allowing roots to attach themselves, so any nodes remaining on the root or stem of the plant will continue to spread and reroot. Creeping charlie has a tough root ball that can be removed using weed control or special root ball tools designed for crabgrass and creeping charlie. Options for home owners include hand weeding or selective postemergence herbicides. Make sure to always apply herbicides according to the label on the container and be careful when applying or hire a professionally certified applicator to remove any doubt about mixing or application rates to your lawn.
How To Get Rid Of Creeping Charlie The most effective way to get rid of creeping charlie is to promote thick turfgrass to cover the ground. Vigorous root growth and established turfgrass will help make your lawn resistant against weeds. Often times changing mowing or watering patterns can help promote turfgrass growth. Granular fertilizers and liquid weed control applications will also help turfgrass dominate the lawn and prevent undesirable weeds. Spring Touch offers our customers a customized lawn care program. The program can use professional control methods, organic products, or a hybrid professional/organic approach. Note that the organic lawn care program does not provide weed control. For more information call 507-388-9100 or go to our customer assistant website to get a free instant quote on your lawn care program today.