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How to kill ground ivy?

Posted by linnea56 z5 IL (My Page) on
Wed, May 7, 08 at 0:34

My lawn is heavily infested with ground ivy, or creeping charlie (Glechoma hederacea). I was able to ID this online from the state agricultural extension site. I bought a dry combination fertilizer/weed killer (Scotts) at the hardware store, which was the only one they had. However, this weed was not mentioned on the label, (there was a picture of a dandelion), nor were the weedkiller ingredients listed. (I thought this was kind of strange: how will you know if it works, unless you know what it is formulated for and what it contains?). Im hoping to find a dry product, as the liquids would be really hard to apply consistently. I have a hose end sprayer but never have figured out how to set/adjust it for proper dilution. I also have many flower beds interspersed with the lawn and overspray could cause a lot of grief.

Any suggestions for a product that will work? I dont need anything for dandelions, but this ground ivy is starting to eat the yard. Thanks!


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RE: How to kill ground ivy?

Weed b Gone Max is labeled for creeping charlie.
Apply again in late fall.


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RE: How to kill ground ivy?

Thanks for the botanical name.

Try the product that bestlawn mentioned. If that doesn't work, I was just reading about it...the only person claiming to have success getting rid of it used a spading fork to get all the roots. Apparently it forms a web of roots under the soil and you have to get them all. She lifted the roots out of the soil. It sounded like she dug the entire area up.


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