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Creeping Charlie

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Question: 454-1716
How can I get rid of Creeping Charlie or some similar weed in the lawn? Shirley, Willimantic, CT

Mort's Answer:
Creeping Charlie and other low lying culprits survive under the cut of the mowers. You could dig out the nemesis by hand. A clam rake or hand claw will soften the soil for extracting but you must immediately sow some annual rye to replace the space. Early applications of corn starch will inhibit seeding of most weeds. It will be too late if the leaves are already out. Corn starch can be used in bare spots but the best remedy is too choke them out with new grass seeds. Annual rye in the spring comes up quickly and perennial rye in the fall will crowd them out, as well. Vine-X is an herbicide that will kill the plants down to the roots. Herbicides should not be used if you have a well or in vegetable gardens.

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Question: 723-1312
We have a lot of Creeping Charlie. A lot of target herbicide sprays do not get rid of it. What can we use on the lawn and in the garden? Rebecca, Blue Mound, IL

Mort's Answer:
Four step programs include herbicide with the fertilizer. This helps fill in the bare spots left after they are killed. Creeping Charlie, with its tiny little blue flower, reseeds very quickly and is often below the cut of the mower. An early application of a pre-emergent application will help. Corn starch can be used in flower and vegetable beds as a pre-emergent.

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Question: 856-4812
You told me that I have Creeping Charlie in my lawn this past year. I have been turning the spots over but I can not seem to get rid of this weed. What can I do? None of the chemical sprays seem to work. Steve, Boswell, NM

Mort's Answer:
Many of the herbicides are not as effective as they once were. Many weeds are becoming resistant although Charlie was always hard to kill. I probably told you at that time to get Vine-X. Vine-X comes in a squeeze bottle with a brush on the end. You may need a lot but it is worth the purchase. This systemic herbicide will kill right down to the root of your problem

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Question: 1378-3616
I have creeping charlie and bindweed over 25% of my front lawn. It covers an area of 40 by 80 feet. How can I get rid of them? Emily, South Chicago?

Mort's Answer:
The best weed control is a good tight grass. Grass grows sideways and can cut out weeds. Creeping Charlier is pernicious and is not easily eradicated because it sits under the lawn mover and the seeds are easily propagating. You can use target sprays like Round Up, Finale or Vine-X. I would use the Vine-X on the bindweed, which is probably on your edges of the lawn near fences and the like. Target sprays need a lapsed time of at last two weeks before top dressing and reseeding. You will need about 10 cubic yards of goodA half inch is actually better but you may not find someone to deliver that small amount. Unfortunately bagged top soil is often poor quality and may have more weed seed. All soils have some weed seed. Rake the soil over the entire lawn after killing the weeds with a herbicide. You can use a winter rye and add some fescue and blue grass with annual rye in the spring. This will fill spaces until your good grasses expand. screened loam to cover at an inch depth.

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