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3 Tips For Fighting Creeping Charlie

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Is your lawn being taken over by a vining plant with round, toothed leaves? Chances are, you're dealing with an invasion of creeping charlie. It's a tough plant to fight because it tolerate most herbicides well, and because it grows from a few main roots that are tough to locate and remove. You can't just spray creeping charlie and expect it to shrivel up like a dandelion. To get rid of this pesky weed, you'll need to follow these tips:

Act early.

Creeping charlie grows like wildfire. One day, you'll have just a few small vines, and days later, a whole portion of the lawn may be covered. The more small vines the plant shoots out, the stronger it becomes -- and the harder it will be to kill. Thus, treating your creeping charlie problem in the early spring is best.

Use a weed killer that includes the active ingredient "dicamba."

Numerous weed killers on the market claim to kill "all common weed species." However, unless they contain the active ingredient dicamba, they will do little to fight creeping charlie. It can be tough to find herbicides with this ingredient. They are sometimes marketed as oxalis weed killers or clover-species weed killers. Take the time to read labels and find the right one.

Once you have your dicamba-based weed killer, preferably in a liquid form, spray it liberally on your creeping charlie. Then, do not mow your lawn for at least 3 days after applying the herbicide. This will ensure the mixture gets sucked from the leaves into the creeping charlie's roots.

You'll want to re-apply your herbicide every week to 2 weeks until you notice that all of the creeping charlie has either been mowed away or turned brown. Pull up the dead weeds as they occur.

Fertilize your lawn.

Once you have applied herbicide enough times to get rid of most of your creeping charlie, it's time to strengthen your grass, so it can grow stronger and hopefully keep the creeping charlie from coming back. Apply a basic 10-10-10 fertilizer to your lawn, according to package instructions. Make sure you fertilize your lawn every month or so. Creeping charlie thrives mostly in undernourished lawns. Getting rid of creeping charlie is not a weekend project. It will take several weeks or months, and a lot of attention to detail. Start early before the plant gets big, use the right weed killer, and fertilize your lawn. You'll have a lot less of this pesky weed if you follow these tips each year.

If you need help tackling the landscaping projects around your yard, contact a professional landscaping business such as C S Flournoy Inc.