How to Identify and Control Creeping Charlie
Creeping Charlie is a low growing, invasive weed from the mint family and is VERY hard to control or get rid of. It’s running-vine like nature is trying to take over my yard.
It has almost totally covered my Phlox Phlowerbed, which should look like this soon:
But right now, looks like this:
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Recognizing the problem:
Creeping Charlie is easily recognized by it’s scalloped leaf and really that’s ALL you can see in the above picture. It has pretty much totally covered everything else.
It is trying to cover up the stepping stones that our granddaughters made for me.
And its even trying to escape the bed onto the cement driveway!
Creeping Charlie as far as the eye can see…
METHODS FOR CONTROL:
It pulls out easily and here you can see where I have weeded. However, you will never get it all the first time. Every piece that breaks off and leaves a rhizome will grow again with vigor! You must be diligent.
SPRAY WITH HERBICIDES:
You can spray Creeping Charlie to kill it but it is resistant to most weed killers. You have to make sure your spray contains triclopyr (or use Roundup which kills everything) and spray in the fall.
SPRAY WITH HOME SOLUTION:
Creeping Charlie can also be killed using a homemade Borax solution, but you also have to be careful about boron toxicity. Click HERE for the recipe.
I plan to hand weed the flower bed. But I also plan to try the Borax solution in the yard.
Have you ever had to deal with Charlie and his creepiness?
Oh, and do you wonder about “Sorry Charlie”?…
Please tell me all about it in the comments.