Creeping Charlie – Identification

Q: I have this plant that is slowly taking over my yard. Can you identify it, and is there a selective herbicide that I can use that will kill it and not my fescue grass?

A: Creeping Charlie, Glechoma hederacea, has crept into your landscape. This common weed is also called ground ivy and gill-over-the-ground. Notice that it is pleasantly fragrant when you squeeze it or mow it. This, and its square stems, tell you it is a member of the fast-growing mint family.

The best strategy is to lightly spray every four weeks with one of the broad-leaf weed killers (Weed B Gon, WipeOut, etc). You should have good control after three applications.

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