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How To Get Rid Of Creeping Charlie Without Chemicals 


About creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is a herb known by many names, like ground ivy and cat’s foot, etc. it was used for medicinal purposes to treat diseases like scurvy, used as astringent anti allergy and many other ailments. It has fibrous roots and flowered stems. The flowered creeping Charlie has small leaves and consists of small oval shaped nut lets. It is also considered a weed that grows in shady and moist areas. These weeds can easily spread anywhere through seed, the nodes of its roots etc. thus it is not an easy task to eradicate the creeping Charlie quite easily. It has purple flowers and creeps or spreads like a carpet on the ground and walls and connects from nodes to nodes that form roots, making it difficult to get rid of them.  


  1. Choking the Ivy with news papers

Collect large amount sheets of news papers. Place at least 10 layers of newspapers over the creeping Charlie. Make sure it overlaps each other. Move on to the next row to cover the whole affected area. Again make sure 10 sheets are being stacked and overlapped with previous stack of news papers. Watch stack should overlap by one inch and stack it the same way while overlapping it with the first row. It should overlap from all directions to cover the whole weed infested area. Lay around 6 inches of mulch over the news papers and spread it evenly all over the stack of news papers. Spray some water to get the surface of weeds to rot. After months the mulch and news paper will decompose into nutrients for the soil helping you to grow new beds of garden in your yard.  

  1. Covering Creeping Charlie with tarps

Try to pull out many weeds as possible. Next buy tarps or poly tarps to suppress the growth of ground ivy.  Cover sheets of tarps over patches of cat’s foot. Use largest size tarps to smother and hold back the growth of the ground ivy. The tarp[s should overlap each other to weigh it down and suppress it all along the seams and perimeter of the affected area. Reuse mulch and cover it over the tarps. Anew bed of flowers or bed garden can be grown to prevent the creeping Charlie from invading the whole garden. The tarps are durable and flexible and serve as a barrier against re-growth and invasion of creeping Charlie.

  1. Carpeting the ground ivy

Use old pieces of carpets from shops, trash cans and other places cut the carpets into equal pieces of patches. Overlap the carpets similar to the method applied above for news papers.  Cover the whole patch of creeping Charlie. This again suppresses the growth of ground ivy. Check the carpet patches regularly until the weeds have rotted. Next remove and rake out all the leaves and debris underneath the carpets

  1. Pulling out the weeds

Wear gloves and have appropriate tools to deal with creeping Charlie. Pull oat each and every weed out of the surface. This will not be easy as the roots or nodes left behind will allow the ground ivy to grow back. You will have to be vigilant and on constant alert to pull out the sprouts of the creeping Charlie. Yank out each and every weed out of the soil and even it’d roots. Use a hand cultivator to pull the weeds and roots out of the soil to pick out the remains of the creeping Charlie, cover the soil wit 2 inches of wood mulch. It will suffocate the ground ivy and eradicate the creeping Charlie. Use a dandelion fork or shaft of a screw driver to pull out the roots and loosen the soil while yanking out the weeds without causing any damage. Pull out as much roots as you can. Make sure you dispose of all the weeds that have been pulled out and decomposed for precaution.

  1. Sun- bathing for the creeping Charlie

The creeping Charlie grows in shady and moist areas. Make sure you garden is as dry s possible. It should have good drainage system to seep out the extra water from the soil. Trim the trees, branches, grass and shrubs. Expose the garden to more sunlight. The ground ivy will slowly wither pout as it not compatible with sunlight and dry areas.

  1. Maintaining the garden

Growth of creeping Charlie is usually a sign of poor upkeep of the lawn. Make sure to fertilize the soil properly and landscape the plants and trees in a way that it gets more sunlight. Keep a look out for any empty space in the garden and put mulch over it or grow some plants over it. Aerate the soil for proper air circulation allowing the soil to get oxygen and keeping soil dry at an acceptable level. Apply seeds to keep the grass dense. Use a bagging lawn mower to mow areas covered with creeping Charlie as it hold all the roots and nodes that may allow the weeds to grow back.

  1. Suppressing the cat’s foot with card board sheets

This method is similar to the carpet and newspaper method. Use this approach in summer when the weather is dry and sunny. Use old pieces of card board sheets and cover the whole area invaded with the cat’s foot. Keep a regular follow-up and once the ground ivy has dried up. Pull them out rake all the leaves and debris. Cover the space with wood chips mulch and then plant seed to grow beds of garden.

Roots of creeping Charlie

The creeping Charlie does not cause much harm but invasion of the ground ivy causes the whole garden to be taken over by weeds. It affects the landscaping of the garden.  Thus it is important to nip the problem in the bud and make survey all the roots have been yanked out properly and take regular follow-ups.

Want a Solid Chemical Solution? Solutions Pest & Lawn can Help

If Creeping Charlie keeps coming back despite your DIY efforts, you may have no choice but to use a chemical to permanently get rid of this invasive weed. We suggest Glyphosate 4 Plus Weed Killer Concentrate to get solid control of creeping Charlie.


Creeping Charlie can be a difficult weed to completely get rid of from a lawn once it is established. We hope our tips and product recommendations can help you to eliminate creeping Charlie for good. For more helpful lawn care information, call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us online.

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