How To Get Rid Of Creeping Charlie Quickly And Efficiently And Not Waste Too Much Time Doing So

You have been following my blog (I hope ☺ ), and you know my attitude about weeds. Those pesky little guys will want to steal every bit of nutrient available, which leaves your plants undeveloped and stunted. To avoid this here’s how to get rid of creeping charlie, and if someone tells you that this is bothersome work, point them to this article.

This weed is a persistent one, and as you can see in pictures above and below, it looks cute and innocent. But don’t fall for its tricks. It will suffocate plants whenever got space and the opportunity.


What Is Creeping Charlie?

what is creeping charlie

To answer this question with “some weed” would be underestimating. Instead, here are some general facts about it.

  • Its fancy name is Glechoma hederacea
  • Grows very well in shaded and wet places
  • Is very aggressive and can cover a vast area rather fast
  • As it spreads through the garden, it grows additional roots
  • It was used as medicine in history, but it wouldn’t be recommended today
  • This weed is toxic to horses and cows

As we can see, there aren’t many reasons to grow this plant. The only thing plausible is that you love its looks.

Therefore, if you have a patch of lawn or area where nothing else can grow, and you love the looks of this plant, leave it. However, this doesn’t mean that you can stop reading, since it will spread further, and you will have to keep it under control.

Which Tools Will Be Needed?


Well, not much is required, to remove this weed. Common tools which can be found in every shed will be in order, as well as some other things. If you don’t have a large piece of cardboard, or tarp, now is the time to find it.

Rakes and gloves are the most essential for this procedure, and if you decide to spray away your worries, the garden sprayer is the easiest way to do so. Gloves are needed since this weed can cause rashes and blisters. The situation can be even worse if you are allergic to grass.

The Methods

In general, there are three approaches to solving this problem. They depend on several factors, and the most important is how large the area which requires your attention is? I’ll get through all three of those, and let’s get started.

Small Area/Keeping Creeping Charlie Under Control – Manual Method

Small area

As the heading says, this approach is best used when you have a small area to cover, or you want to keep it as cover for the ground. You can use a manual approach, but it will require a lot of effort.

First of all, you will need garden shears to thin out the cover. Just snip here and there, to make it lighter and easier to deal with. As I said, this plant has several roots, so you will have to take one end of the vine which spreads, and to pull out every root along its way. This is rather a slow process, and if you leave some behind, it will regrow.

After this method, the best thing to do is to apply mulch, to prevent it from growing back.

Medium/Large Area – Cardboard To The Rescue

Cardboard To The Rescue

Now, in case that you wish to eliminate creeping charlie from large areas, first, you need to make sure that there are no other plants you want to preserve. The best time to do so is before spring planting, right after charlie begins to emerge.

Take large cardboard, and just put it over the area. The main idea here is to block the sunlight, and without it, the plants will wither and die out. Of course, if there are plants you wish to preserve, cut the hole where it is, so it will continue to grow undisturbed. In general, about a week without light will be sufficient to kill the weed.

After that period, you can use a rake to remove dead plants. However, you should wait for a day without wind, so that no parts will fly away and regrow again. Just dispose of the weeds, and you can add mulch just in case.

Chemical Solutions – Not Recommended

Chemical Solutions

There is also a third option, and to be honest, I’d avoid it if I was you. Namely, a lot of solutions designs specifically for this purpose have borax in its compound. This ingredient remains dormant for an extended period and doesn’t dissolve.

However, if this is your choice, follow the instructions, and be careful not to spray it over edible plants and vegetables. Moreover, you will have to keep an eye on the treated area, to keep it under control.

Also, term “organic” will be lost this way, so if you are fond of this removing approach, avoid this method.


So, there it is. The answer to how to get rid of creeping charlie is at your disposal, and I believe that you won’t have trouble in eliminating this weed. It is aggressive and spreads fast, but if you take care, you will remove it in no time.

In case that you have some interesting way of eliminating creeping charlie, let me know in the comment section below.

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