Creeping Charlie weed is a green vine whose leaves are round with scalloped edges and has a small purple flower.
Tools Needed to get rid of Creeping Charlie:
- Weed trimmer
- bow rake
- garbage bag
- 1 large container
- 1 cubic foot of compost
- 2 lbs of good quality grass seed
- straw (optional)
Before beginning removal, let the creeping charlie grow slightly high.
The best time to get rid of Creeping Charlie is after a good rain.
Using a weed trimmer, run the trimmer over the top leaf/flower and get as low to the soil level as possible. If using a mower, use the lowest setting.
Use the bow rake to pull up any loose Creeping Charlie vines still on the ground.
Collect all the Creeping Charlie in a pile and discard into a garbage bag.
Don’t be surprised if after removing the Creeping Charlie there are bare spots left on your lawn.
Mix the compost and grass seed together.
Pour the compost/seed mix onto the area.
Using the flat side of the bow rake, spread the mix and rake evenly.
You should have a layer about 1-2 inches high.
Water until moist. Do not soak the mix or cause puddles to form.
Cover with straw. (0ptional)
Let the new grass grow fairly tall before the first mowing.
Tip: Be picky about the compost you choose.
If you don’t have your own home made available, purchase good quality. You don’t want compost full of weed seeds.
About the author:
Edith (Edie) Henderson-Villegas is from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
She is currently a college student studying horticulture.
She is in the beginning stage of starting a native plant business called Let’s Get Native. Her new website will launch on Jan 1, 2015, at www.letsgetnative.com