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    Creeping Charlie

    I am sure this has been discussed before, but outside of burning my lawn, what are effective ways of killing and preventing Creeping Charlie, while saving the grass?

    I used to like pulling it. It was kind of fun, and if I kept up with it, it wasn't too much work, but now I don't have as much time as I used to. Two young kids who are involved in everything, means we are basically taxi services every day. The lack of time has allowed some invading CC to really take hold, and if I don't do something soon, my entire back yard is going to be a mess.

    Any ideas? It's driving me nuts to see that crap.



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Trimec. Creeping charlie is a pain to kill so it may take repeat applications.

    This coming week when it's warm and the weeds are actively growing would be a perfect time for applying. Trimec is a combination of synthetic hormone herbicides which work best then the plant is actively growing.


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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Lawn care service. Just not A+. They did a bang up job of killing all our creeping charlie last summer, and for no additional charge they poisoned our strawberry patch, lettuce garden, and every last ground cover plant in the front yard. Thanks, fellas.



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Weed be gone works for me. The price went way up last summer though. You need to use a high dosage and maybe a second application.



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    He's in your lawn??
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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Trimec. Creeping charlie is a pain to kill so it may take repeat applications.

    This coming week when it's warm and the weeds are actively growing would be a perfect time for applying. Trimec is a combination of synthetic hormone herbicides which work best then the plant is actively growing.
    I was listening to an ISU horticulturist on NPR (not joking - I actually listened to NPR) and he said the bast time for application is as late as possible such as in November/December. They did some study and it had the highest kill rate then.

    If you do kill it this spring, make sure your is lawn is growing well to fill it in with grass to suppress it from coming back.


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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Fence off the yard, get a goat, problem solved.


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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Trimec. Creeping charlie is a pain to kill so it may take repeat applications.

    This coming week when it's warm and the weeds are actively growing would be a perfect time for applying. Trimec is a combination of synthetic hormone herbicides which work best then the plant is actively growing.
    Well crap. My local hardware store (locally owned, so I like to support them), doesnt carry Trimec. I went with Weed-B-Gone instead. Just applied. Hopefully it works out



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyfan4good View Post
    He's in your lawn??
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    I was gonna go with:



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Quote Originally Posted by Bret44 View Post
    Fence off the yard, get a goat, problem solved.
    I did this and it worked well. However, if I did it again, I'd definitely get a prettier goat.



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Quote Originally Posted by enisthemenace View Post
    I am sure this has been discussed before, but outside of burning my lawn, what are effective ways of killing and preventing Creeping Charlie, while saving the grass?

    I used to like pulling it. It was kind of fun, and if I kept up with it, it wasn't too much work, but now I don't have as much time as I used to. Two young kids who are involved in everything, means we are basically taxi services every day. The lack of time has allowed some invading CC to really take hold, and if I don't do something soon, my entire back yard is going to be a mess.

    Any ideas? It's driving me nuts to see that crap.
    I would've used that free labor.



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    I like creeping charlie. It doesn't grow very high so you don't have to mow.



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    I like creeping charlie. It doesn't grow very high so you don't have to mow.
    And that is why we have it in yards. Some do like it. I hate it.



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    Hard to believe it was brought here by Euro settlers. What were they thinking?



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    Re: Creeping Charlie

    I really have tried everything mentioned on this thread, and although they eliminate Charlie, he always comes back. Even if you eradicate Charlie from the margins of your lawn, he will return because he is probably established on property adjacent to yours.



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