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How to Kill Ground Ivy (Creeping Charlie) in Your Lawn

September 25, 2014

I have had great success killing lawn weeds like Ground Ivy in fall. As long as your daily temps are reaching a high of 50 to 60 degrees or more the day you spray, you can kill pesky perennial weeds like Dandelion, Clover and Ground Ivy (Creeping Charlie), as well as annual weeds like Chickweed and Henbit.  Kill them this fall and they will not be in your lawn next spring.

Fall is a great time of year to kill Ground Ivy (also known as Creeping Charlie).

Fall is a great time of year to kill Ground Ivy (also known as Creeping Charlie).  Click photo to enlarge

There are various Ortho Weed-B-Gon products depending on where you live. Click here to see your options.  I have had great success killing Ground Ivy and Wild Violets with Ortho Weed-B-Gon Chickweed, Clover & Oxalis Killer.

If you need to feed your lawn you could go with Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard plus 2 Fall Weed & Feed.  It does a pretty good job on clover, chickweed and ground ivy this time of year, however if you also have Wild Violets and Oxalis you should go with the Weed-B-Gon.

Note: If you planted grass seed this fall, it is best to wait until the new seedlings have been mowed 4 times before you apply weed killers.

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7 Comments
  1. Diane Seaborn permalink

    HI, I have used Ortho Weed B-Gon Max and it kills all the weeds in my yard except wild violets. Nothing seems to work on them. And, I need something that will cover a large area. I have tried Ortho’s Nutsedge and that works a little better in killing the violets but it only comes in 24 oz. containers. Do you have any other ideas on a weed killer for wild violets? Thanks!

  2. Kyle A permalink

    I recently purchased a home with a yard neglected for several years. The ground ivy around the borders was left to flourish. I’ve managed to cut back the ivy and there is grass, however running throughout the grass are ivy roots (even if no ivy is dead).

    I’m trying to understand whether this can be controlled by following one of your other posts suggesting salvaging weak lawns or whether the whole yard needs tilled and all the roots raked/removed? Do you have any suggestions on this?

    I’m located in Northern Virginia. I’m not positive the grass type but the yard gets a mix of sun/shade

    • Hi Kyle A
      If you indeed have the weed Ground Ivy (looks like the picture in this post with leaves that have scalloped edges), this is a good time to kill it without hurting your good grass. In your area days can still get hot, so pick a day when temps will be below 80. Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard with Weed Control can be used if you want to weed & feed your entire lawn. Be sure to apply to moist foliage. If you only want to treat the weeds, you can use Ortho Weed B Gon MAX. If you are describing one of the Ivy vines, like English Ivy, that is growing into your lawn from the landscape, then this kind of weed control will likely not kill it. This would be the kind of Ivy that has the larger, more woody stems with a larger leaf that is not scalloped or lobed like the picture in my blog. You can click the picture in the blog to enlarge.

  3. Brittney Ward permalink

    Renting a home in Columbus, Ohio. The yard is predominantly English ground ivy and little grass. So much so that my husband refers to “Mowing the weeds” I purchased the ready spray weed b gon for clover. My question is do I apply the spray and then seed or is it too late to do anything?

    • Hi Brittney Ward
      You can spray the Ground Ivy now, however you will not be able to seed until spring. However, I suggest you feed your existing grass as you may be surprised at how much you have when it gets a good feeding of Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard.

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