Ground ivy is a winter perennial. It is also known as creeping Charlie. It was formerly used as a medicinal herb but is now considered a lawn weed. Ground ivy is found in moist, shady areas. If ground ivy is growing in the shade leaves are more than likely deep green in color. However, if it is found in full sun leaves are usually a reddish color. Purplish-blue flowers are present from March to June. If the plant is crushed a minty odor will emit. Ground ivy is a tough weed to control it tolerates low mowing heights and is not easily removed by hand.
- Apply our reduced risk selective herbicide, Clear Choice, without harming your lawn! Clear Choice contains only .07% chemical. Clear Choice is extremely effective on over 60 different weeds! It also contains Trimec which is very effective on killing ground ivy. Buy Now
- 2, 4-D is another option for chemical control of ground ivy. The best time to use this product is when ground ivy is blooming. Be sure not to use 2, 4-D when temperatures are above 80° F or if rain is expected within 24 hours of spraying.
- If ground ivy is out of control try using a product called Glyphosate. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, which will kill your lawn. Spray the infested area with Glyphosate, wait 12-14 days, till the area that was sprayed, wait a week or so, and then re-seed.
Organic/ Cultural Control
- AllDown is a great non-selective organic herbicide that effectively controls ground ivy. AllDown contains no harsh chemicals! Buy AllDown Now
- Ground ivy tolerates low mowing heights. Therefore, raise the mowing height to at least 2 ½ – 3 inches. Each time your lawn is mowed do not remove more than one-third of the grass blades. You may need to mow your lawn more frequently.
- Maintain a proper soil pH level. Be sure your soils pH level is between 6.5 and 7. If it below 6.5 the soil is too acidic. Above 7 means your soil is too alkaline. If your soil is acidic a lime application is needed. However, if it is alkaline a sulfur application is needed. Call today for a free quote on these applications
- If thatch is more than a ½ inch thick in your lawn you may want to dethatch. Contact Us Today for a free estimate! Thatch is a layer of roots, grass clippings, and debris that accumulate in your lawn. Pests and diseases are usually found in thatch that is more than ½ thick. After the lawn is dethatched re-seed any bare spots. Dethatching can be done in the fall or in early spring.