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Good Time of Year to Kill Ground Ivy (Creeping Charlie) in Your Lawn

September 21, 2015

One of the weeds I hear the most complaints about is Ground Ivy, also known as Creeping Charlie. Fall is a great time to kill this pesky weed. As long as your daily temps are reaching a high of 50 to 60 degrees or more the day you spray, you can kill perennial weeds like Dandelion, Clover and Ground Ivy (Creeping Charlie), as well as annual weeds like Chickweed and Henbit without hurting your good grass. 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).  Click photo to enlarge.

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.  This product is best sprayed using the Ortho Dial-N-Spray Hose End Sprayer.

If you need to feed your lawn you could go with Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Weed & Feed. Apply to moist foliage when rain is not expected for 24 hours to kill clover, chickweed and ground ivy, however if you also have Wild Violets and Oxalis you should go with the Weed-B-Gon Chickweed, Clover & Oxalis Killer.

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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