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Asked on Apr 19, 2019

How to rid creeping charlie weeds in my flower garden?

WilliamKathyNancy Turner


Creeping Charlie is taking over my flower beds . Can't use spay will kill flowers anything short of pulling all by hand any ideas?

5 answers
  • Tere
    on Apr 19, 2019


    You can also try Round Up w/ the sure shot wand or the Round Up precision gel. Both of these will help you kill ONLY the creeping charlie and not any neighboring plants.


    Good luck!

  • Nancy Turner
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Creeping charlie is a root born weed, so all the roots along the line need to be pulled or dug up to eliminate it. I try to find the end of the runner and start there, sometimes you can even get the whole runner up in one pull. If you don't get all the root pulled, dug up or killed it will be back. I take them to outside the edge of the garden and then you can see when the small ones start creeping back into the garden and they are easy to take up at that point. By doing that, I only spend about five minutes a week taking care of the creeping charlie in my garden.

  • Kathy
    on Apr 19, 2019

    When the ground is damp, pull it by hand. Make sure you get the roots. If you can find some of it that isn't touching your plants, spray it with weed kill. Then throw some Preen down and hopefully it won't return.

  • William
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Lots of great solutions. You will be pulling for a long time. One little shred of vine and it will grow back. Pull, dig, rake up as much as you can. Lay down some landscape fabric or plastic sheeting to smother Charlie. Then about two to three inches of mulch on top.

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