Ground Ivy

Controlling Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy, also known as Creeping Charlie, is a perennial weed from the mint family. It has a square stem, dark green leaves with bluish-purple flowers and spreads like a dense mat across the ground. As the name suggests, it’s a creeping and aromatic weed which thrives in moist, shady areas. Ground Ivy also has the ability to store water in its robust stems making them capable of withstanding drought conditions.

Similar to wild violets, Ground Ivy is quite resistant to control products thanks to its fibrous, long root system. Not to mention tough to get with the mower because of its low-growing habit. You could always take a chance to dig up these difficult weeds, however if you miss any of the roots, it’ll more than likely grow back. When it comes to any weed, the best method of control is a thick and healthy lawn with dense grass roots to prevent violets from taking hold.

Both our “Budget Smart” and “Premier” lawn care programs include selective herbicide applications to control a broad range of broadleaf weeds. With our programs, we have experienced limited control of Ground Ivy. We recommend (between regular treatments) a MINIMUM OF TWO additional control treatments so that these weeds will not have a chance to recover between applications.

Please note: Ground Ivy is best controlled in late fall before dormancy, with the exception if fall seeding is needed, then it’s best to spray Ground Ivy during the year. If you find this weed in your flowerbeds, we will not spray the beds with this service. 100% control cannot be achieved due to outside pressures.

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