Ground ivy, also known as creeping Charlie, can take over your landscape and make it look unattractive. You need to properly remove the broad leaf ivy to prevent it from growing back. If you do not notice the ivy as soon as it begins to grow, it will spread rapidly onto the ground, walls and nearby trees. Removing the unwanted ivy will help to reduce pests in your yard, and it will make your yard have a more attractive appearance.
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Things you need
- Garden gloves
- Garden trowel
- Commercial weed killer
Wear gardening gloves and pull the ground ivy out to remove the roots. If you do not successfully pull the roots out of the ground, dig them up with a garden trowel.
Remove the ground ivy with a lawnmower set to keep the grass at 3 inches in height. The tall grass will crowd out the ground ivy.
Spray a commercial weed killer designed for ground ivy onto the foliage of the weed after the first frost in the fall. The ground ivy begins to prepare itself for winter and reserves its energy at the roots. From the leaves, the weed killer will reach the roots of the plant quickly and kill it. Always follow the directions on the product to ensure that you apply it properly.
Watch your landscape and look for new sprouts. Pull up the ivy sprouts as soon as they appear, to prevent the ivy from taking over your landscape.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid spraying the weed killer onto trees, plants and foliage that you do not wish to kill. Cover these areas of your landscape with plastic to protect them.
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- United States Department of Agriculture: English Ivy
- Iowa State University: Borax on Ground Ivy
- University of Wisonsin Extension: Creeping Charlie
- Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide: Ground Ivy
- University of Illinois: Managing Ground Ivy and Violets
- Michigan State University: Ground Ivy Control for Home Lawns