Ground Ivy

Glechoma Hederacea

Commonly known as creeping charlie, cats foot or field balm

Ground ivy is a cause for concern in many lawns in the area and can be difficult to control. Ground ivy is a creeping, trailing perennial with round leaves not too dissimilar to common mallow. It has common uses for medical and culinary purposes, and some may use it for garden decoration in pots. It is related to and has an odor like that of mint.

Control of ground ivy is partially effective with hand weeding. The roots can be deep and hard to rid of completely as the plant can grow from the residuals of the root. Chemical control is the most effective way to control. Properly used selective herbicides within turf grass is effective. Non-selective herbicides in beds and waste areas are the quickest and most effective form of control.

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