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    Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    'Tis the season for week killing I guess.

    I have been battling my neighbors poor practices of weed control (none) for years and have a nice crop of creeping charlie and/or wild violets....I cannot tell the difference.

    I have used alternating applications of Trimec and 2-4-D.
    I have used repeated applications of Trimec.
    I have used Spectracide Weed Stop.

    The Spectracide has been the most effective at weakening them, but doesn't quite put them out of their misery.

    Any better suggestions?

    Also, does Trimec have a shelf life? Mine is now a few years old.


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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Control Burn off your neighbors lawn tonight to shock his weeds.THen tell him that weeds can be dangerous for fires.


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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Quote Originally Posted by acqflisu View Post
    'Tis the season for week killing I guess.

    I have been battling my neighbors poor practices of weed control (none) for years and have a nice crop of creeping charlie and/or wild violets....I cannot tell the difference.
    Wild Violet:



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    I have used alternating applications of Trimec and 2-4-D.
    I have used repeated applications of Trimec.
    I have used Spectracide Weed Stop.
    Spectracide Weed Stop has the same active ingredients as Trimec just in lower amounts.

    Also, does Trimec have a shelf life? Mine is now a few years old.
    I believe most companies list expiration date as 2 years after the manufacturing date. If much older than that you may benefit from new chemical.

    As for other suggestions, you may try repeat applications at 3-4 week intervals to really knock it back. Just make sure to do it while the weed is actively growing and it's not too hot. The Trimec label should have information about repeat applications and maximum rates in a year.

    As I put in the other thread you could also try sponge apply Roundup. It will take time to do but you should see improved control.




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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Quote Originally Posted by acqflisu View Post
    'Tis the season for week killing I guess.

    I have been battling my neighbors poor practices of weed control (none) for years and have a nice crop of creeping charlie and/or wild violets....I cannot tell the difference.

    I have used alternating applications of Trimec and 2-4-D.
    I have used repeated applications of Trimec.
    I have used Spectracide Weed Stop.

    The Spectracide has been the most effective at weakening them, but doesn't quite put them out of their misery.

    Any better suggestions?


    If your neighbors dont care you are screwed.
    Also, does Trimec have a shelf life? Mine is now a few years old.



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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Creeping Charlie is a *****, and it's abundant in my neighborhood. Used to be planted regularly as a lawn substitute for grass during the oil embargo in the 70's. I haven't found anything, short of my pulling it or a controled burn, that will kill it consistently.

    Good luck.



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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Grazon, but you have to have a lic to buy it.


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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Quote Originally Posted by acqflisu View Post
    'Tis the season for week killing I guess.

    I have been battling my neighbors poor practices of weed control (none) for years and have a nice crop of creeping charlie and/or wild violets....I cannot tell the difference.

    I have used alternating applications of Trimec and 2-4-D.
    I have used repeated applications of Trimec.
    I have used Spectracide Weed Stop.

    The Spectracide has been the most effective at weakening them, but doesn't quite put them out of their misery.

    Any better suggestions?

    Also, does Trimec have a shelf life? Mine is now a few years old.

    Yep the same as always. Get a lawn service. No weeds, no weird stuff, just grass.....Amazing.



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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Grazon, but you have to have a lic to buy it.
    Yeah, there are many much better options for most everything if you have a applicators license.




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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    I get in the zone pulling creeping Charlie. Hate em in my yard but actually enjoy pulling them.


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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    You can't kill Creeping Charlie in the spring with anything less than roundup, which will also kill the grass. Apply Trimec in the fall when the plants are storing root reserves for winter, usually after Sept.1-15, but while the plant is still active. It won't look like it is working in the fall, but most of the weeds will be gone the next spring. Might take 2 yearsto catch them all.



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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    If all else fails, you might consider Banvel (dicamba)

    -VERY- good control on wide range of broadleaves etc. and is pretty
    gentle on grasses.

    Downside... it's also very prone to vaporize and drift, so you want to be
    very sure the situation warrants using it in areas where there is any flowers
    gardens etc. (IE in town)

    You are NOT going to want to apply it to the entire lawn at one time either.
    We used it at the M-I-Law's lawn in OC. spraying with a hand squirter,
    very small areas at a time -on cooler, less windy days, and by the end of the
    summer we had cleaned up the entire lawn.

    Good luck.

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    Any better suggestions?

    Also, does Trimec have a shelf life? Mine is now a few years old.[/QUOTE]



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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Last year I purchased Super Brush & Weed Killer at Earl May in the spring and every three weeks I reapplied. I did this until October. My lawn is finally free of creeping charlie. I anticipate I will have to occasional spray around the perimeter of my lawn since my neighbors have the charlie and do not treat it. You need to dilute this chemical with water; however, I made mine stronger than what was recommended and my grass was fine.

    I also use the Earl May brand for fighting crabgrass and weeds. They are a little more expensive, but their stuff works.



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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgeezer View Post
    You can't kill Creeping Charlie in the spring with anything less than roundup, which will also kill the grass. Apply Trimec in the fall when the plants are storing root reserves for winter, usually after Sept.1-15, but while the plant is still active. It won't look like it is working in the fall, but most of the weeds will be gone the next spring. Might take 2 yearsto catch them all.
    This, plus do it again 2 weeks later.



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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Weedbgone. Might take a couple of applications on the creeping charlie.



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    Re: Killing Creeping Charlie / Wild Violets

    Vietnam Action is over. Shouldn't have to worry about creeping Charlie.



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