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Kill That Dad Gum Creeping Charlie!

June 3, 2012

There are two times a year when Ground Ivy, also known as Creeping Charlie, is the easiest to kill:  Now and in Fall.  You need to spray this weed when it is actively growing so the weed control will be sucked down into the roots to wipe it out.  If it is not actively growing because of a drought or temperatures that are too hot or too cold; Ground Ivy will be hard to kill.

I have used two different products with good success:  Ortho Weed B Gon MAX plus Crabgrass Control and Ortho Weed B Gon MAX Chickweed and Clover Control.  The good news is these products do not harm your good grass when you follow the directions.  One tip though:  do not spray the ground ivy in your flower or vegetable garden with these products as you could damage your plants.

Ground Ivy, also called Creeping Charlie, will spread through your lawn if left unchecked

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2 Comments
  1. peter cobb permalink

    my lawn has a redish brown color running through it . what would you suggest i do

    • Hi Peter
      There could be a number of things causing the redish brown color. Rust is a fungus disease that has redish spots on individual grass blades, this can rub off and cause a orange/red color on white sneakers or on your lawn mower. Scotts Lawn Fungus Control helps to control this problem. The grass can take on a redish brown color before it turns totally brown if it has been burned with too much fertilizer applied when temps are in the 90’s or if a weed killer like Roundup has been sprayed or if any weed killer is sprayed on too heavy. If this does not help you figure out what is going on, I suggest you send an email to our “Help Center” found on our website and attach photos for them to look at. Good Luck.

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