If you have Creeping Charlie in your lawn or garden, destroying or removing the leaves can be quite effective. Lucky for you, we sell two products that can do that: our lawn friendly Dandelion Doom and kill all Weed Warrior. Just be sure every leaf is well sprayed at a time when the sun will hit the Creeping Charlie. After the weed begins to wither, seed or plug the area (probably a week or so after the initial spray). If you don't do so, you risk another weed taking its place.
Creeping Charlie, aka ground Ivy, is one of the toughest lawn weeds found in the eastern United States (it has been popping up in western areas as well). Unless you live in a very warm climate, Creeping Charlie can make an appearance on your lawn.
Its reproduction makes it difficult to control. The creeping stems coming off the mother plant can be easily cloned. That’s to say if this stem is cut, it can easily take root and thrive. If the stem isn’t cut, it will take root anyways. It does a similar thing underground with special stems called rhizomes: it tries to conquer above and below.
What can you do?
There are few preventive measures you can take to stop Creeping Charlie from showing up. Make sure your grass is getting enough sun (usually six hours minimum). Most grasses can’t handle shade well, whereas the Creeping Charlie is more adaptable. Thicker grass will help keep it out in the first place. If the Creeping Charlie is already present, increasing sunlight will only strengthen it, making it harder for grass to return.
Watering deeply and infrequently can also help. Creeping Charlie prefers consistent moisture. Established grass can root deep enough to retrieve water, whereas creeping charlie has shallow roots. Creeping charlie also recovers poorly from wilting caused by drought.