Creeping charlie weeds can destroy a perfectly good lawn, and with their numerous nodes, can be quite difficult to get rid of without having them reappear days later. Even the most well maintained lawn still comes at a risk of being infested by these plants. The plant is also extremely resistant to most common herbicides and its growing patterns are very sporadic, making it quite difficult to control. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have a few tricks in fighting against these weeds. The following are a few efficient and low cost ways to get rid of creeping charlies once and for all.
The Cardboard Method
Though creeping charlies preferentially grow in the shade, completely blocking out the sun can eventually kill the pesky plant. By covering a patch of creeping charlies with a sturdy cardboard that is weighed down with stones can help smother the plants and prevent sunlight from reaching the plant. It should take about a week for this method to kill the patch, but if you notice a few more plants still alive, cover it up for another week.
Once all are dead, you can remove the dead vines either by hand or with a rake. You won’t have to worry about the nodes regrowing a population of creeping charlies since the plant and the nodes should be dead.
If you’re not against using chemical treatments, then borax may just do the trick. Though creeping charlie is resistant to many herbicides, borax has been proven to be effective, is quite inexpensive, and extremely accessible. The problem with borax is that if too much is spread, it will not only kill the growing weeds, but also any other greenery in the area. Also, because of the slow speed at which borax degrades, it could stick around in the soil for an extended period of time and prevent anything from growing. Therefore borax isn’t the optimal treatment option but can be used effectively if only little amounts are used.
Some other herbicide treatments are also effective. The most notably effective treatment of herbicide are those that contain the chemical “dicamba.” This treatment should be applied during mid fall or early spring when the plant is beginning to flower.
No one likes weeds, and though creeping charlies may look pretty, they are certainly bad for your lawn. And though killing them can be difficult at times, knowing when and how to kill these plants can make your job a lot easier.