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How can I get rid of creeping charlie in my flower beds?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (33732points) 4 days ago

…without killing off everything good?
I usually pull them but is there another way to get rid of these invasive weeds?

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ucme's avatar

What!?!
He” followed you from here to your home? :D

elbanditoroso's avatar

I have always wondered what the ‘c’ in @ucme stood for

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Call the cops on the perv!

chyna's avatar

He is Peeping Tom’s brother! Call the cops!

LuckyGuy's avatar

That stuff is terrible. Wait ‘til it gets into your lawn!
I use chemicals to control it. A bottle of Spectracide Weed stop or Bayer Advanced weed killer 200+ weeds. mixed 1.2 oz in a quart is enough to spray 300 square feet.of creeping charlie. Make sure you block the good plants with cardboard to protect them from overspray.
For detailed work I use a kitchen pump sprayer that I salvaged from the trash.
Both of the above mentioned pesticides have the same active ingredients: 7.59% 2,4-D, 1.83% Mecoprop-p, and 0.84% Dicamba. A 20 ounce bottle costs about $15 and will last you forever.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Kill it with roundup, set your lawn on fire, dig up the ashes and the first few feet of soil and haul it off. Pave over everything with a foot of concrete.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LuckyGuy -We also have phragmites here which is a nightmare.
@ARE_you_kidding_me -Not going near Roundup but a paved lawn isn’t a bad idea.lol

LuckyGuy's avatar

Phragmites! Yikes. I’d bathe it in roundup!

ragingloli's avatar

Harvest it, and use it in your cooking.

ucme's avatar

@elbanditoroso Due to your acute lack of perception, you will never see how funny & markedly ironic that bold statement is :D

elbanditoroso's avatar

I always thought that University of Cambridge Medical Examiner was the spelled out name, @ucme

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ragingloli -It might make it taste too good.
If I could come up with a good use for it, I’d make a mint.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LuckyGuy -They have controlled burns to get rid of them in less populated areas but they are tough plants and like being on fire. XD

ucme's avatar

@elbanditoroso You overthink this shit don’t you?

seawulf575's avatar

It sounds like your soil is too moist. If you have creeping charlie and phragmites, you have a swamp. I think your best option is to stop overwatering ;-) Seriously, do something to drain the water away from your flower beds. If you dry out the soil a little, the little peckers won’t be able to grow.

seawulf575's avatar

If you are thinking of following @ragingloli‘s advice, take a look at this link for some edible ideas.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@seawulf575-I really don’t water as much as I should and my soil is clay heavy but I am on the water so there’s that. L
I noticed it growing around and under our fire bowl. Apparently it likes a sauna too.
I should have the French drains cleaned too.
As for eating them? I can’t believe it. LOL
You are welcome to harvest as much as you’d like :)

seawulf575's avatar

Clay soil doesn’t drain very well. You could try establishing trenches to allow water to leech away or actually building up the flower beds so they are the high spot and water drains away. Or a combination of both.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@seawulf575 – They are higher than the lawn and upon closer inspection of the lawn itself, I am seeing more there than I realized.
I talked to a friend who ripped her whole yard up few years ago. They came back with a vengeance.
I am beginning to think that I might have to learn to love them.

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