Creeping Charlie…Ground Ivy…Stupid Weed! Whatever you want to call it, it’s annoying, and worse yet, it creeps. And it creeps quickly. Today it’s a small weed, tomorrow it’s everywhere!
Creeping Charlie (officially called Ground Ivy) is a vine that grows close to the ground and produces tiny purple flowers. It can’t be pulled because the vines have little nodes where each leaf grows. These nodes will form roots if they come in contact with the soil. This is the reason why Creeping Charlie is such a pesky weed. Every node can turn into a new plant if left behind.
Creeping Charlie is considered a broadleaf weed but is not controlled by all broadleaf herbicides. Earl May’s Super Brush and Weed Killer contains a substance that will kill creeping charlie but it has to be applied at the right time, early fall is best. Spraying the weed with Earl May Super Brush will weaken it, making it difficult for the weed to survive the cold midwestern winters.
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