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How to Control Creeping Charlie Organically

Written by Mindy on September 12th, 2015

Creeping Charlie can be a gardener’s nightmare.  It seems to take over a lawn overnight but did you know there is an easy way to take care of this issue and it does not entail digging up your yard.  Having said that though, it will take time and work to control this aggressive plant but you can do it.

To begin the process, take a walk around your yard and drive a stake in the areas of your lawn that have Creeping Charlie.  Now stand back and take a look.  This will give you an idea of what you need to do.  Once that is done, grab your gardening gloves and let’s begin.

creeping.charlieThe goal is to pull up the Creeping Charlie and get all the roots.  To do this, grasp the plant as close to the ground as possible and pull.  Repeat this process until you have all the Creeping Charlie removed.  Since this plant is so invasive, dispose of the pulled up Creeping Charlie as soon as it has been removed from the ground.

Next, go out to the garden shed and get your dethatching rake.  Take the rake and place it on the ground.  Once that is done, move the rake back and forth.  This will help remove any remaining Creeping Charlie.  This will also work if you have an area that is too big to pull by hand.

Remove the loosened up Creeping Charlie as soon as possible.

Since Creeping Charlie is so invasive, you may find that you have a lot of bare spots in your lawn after you have removed the Creeping Charlie.  To keep it from coming back, you will need to cover the area with grass seed.  Water in the grass seed and cover the area with straw.  Keep the grass seed moist until the seed germinates and you have a strong crop of grass.

You may need to repeat this process several times before you completely kill out the Creeping Charlie.

To make the control easier, here is a trick.  Just as the invasive plant will take advantage of a weak plant, you will want to hit the Creeping Charlie when it is at its weakness. When is this?  Well, it just happens to occur in the fall.  Removing the plant at this time, will reduce the chances that you will need to repeat this process several times before control is achieved.

 

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