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All right, this has got to be the most pernicious weed known to man. Well, at least man in the northern states. I know it doesn't hold a candle to Kudzu. :LOL<br><br>
So, is there any way to get rid of it without using horribly toxic chemicals? It's too much to pull up by hand, so that isn't an option. And, how do I keep it away?<br><br>
Or should I just give up the dream and say good bye to my grass, hello to weeds?<br><br><br><br>
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Oh, I love creeping charley in my grass, it's only a weed when it creeps into my garden beds, which it does relentlessly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: And even then, there are some areas of my large, wild yard that it is very pretty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Try to make friends with charley, he's okay, LOL!<br><br>
However, I must say, my whole lawn is full of wild violets, clover, creeping charley, dandelions, etc. I don't mind them at all, it's especially pretty in the spring and my dd's love all the "flowers" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> One day I would love to have it all permascaped, but it's too large and we do not plan on living here much longer.<br><br>
Good luck, sorry I am not more help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I like it in the yard, too, but it sure does creep! It's trying to take over all my flower gardens, too. I pull by hand and try to keep up with the edging. Yeah, it's a drag in the gardens. Sorry I'm no help.
 

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you must not know much about kudzu...<br><br>
creeping charlie is a toxic member of the mint family. I like the way it smells when I walk on it. Mostly, it won't grow in acidic soil, so you might be able to change the ph of your yard to make it less hospitable to it. But then you'll have wild strawberries and sweet violets instead. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
I just pull weeds by hand, or smother them under a thick layer of compost and mulch. I don't worry about the weeds in the yard, mostly they are green year round and look better, IMO, than the neighbors' brown grass.
 

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oh my, we live up next to a park and the creeping charley is rampant in the park, so our gardens do suffer- I pull it out by hand. It's so satisfying to pull out a whole bunch of it! I mind it much less than the dandelions in the gardens though. No solution for you, just comiserating!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Mostly, it won't grow in acidic soil, so you might be able to change the ph of your yard to make it less hospitable to it. But then you'll have wild strawberries and sweet violets instead. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></div>
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What kind of soil do you have if your yard is made up of creeping charlie, wild strawberries, AND violets, (with an occassional blade of grass and, of course, dandelions)?<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I like the way it smells when I walk on it. Mostly, it won't grow in acidic soil, so you might be able to change the ph of your yard to make it less hospitable to it..</div>
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Hmmm, it's my experience and understanding that Charley likes somewhat acidic soil? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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how funny. maybe we aren't even talking about the same plant? :LOL or maybe my idea of acidic soil isn't the same as yours. I was just going by what weeds I've had in my various yards, and it was the one that was less acidic than your typical Southern red clay that had creeping charlie growing in it. My current yard has very acidic soil, and wild strawberries and sweet violets instead of creeping charlie and buttercups. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
google isn't turning up much help, lots of suggestions to use roundup <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> or Borax...<br><br><a href="http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/weeds/msg1102012911322.html" target="_blank">try this link</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What kind of soil do you have if your yard is made up of creeping charlie, wild strawberries, AND violets, (with an occassional blade of grass and, of course, dandelions)?<br><br>
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Slightly OT--My yard has this combo too...without the wild strawberries, but our cultivated strawberries and alpine strawberries (wild variety, but planted by me) thrive. It has been a long time since I tested the pH, that I'm not exactly sure, but I think we're just the acid side of neutral...maybe a 6, with sort of average to silty soil, no clay/maybe a touch of sand. I'll have to do some pH tests again, just to refresh my memory.<br><br>
I occasionally weed the creeping charlie out of my lawn by hand, doing a few square feet at a time (I actually enjoy this and think of it as therapy). Otherwise I leave it alone. It really only grows in the shadier parts of my lawn, though it. When it gets into the garden beds, it seems to come out very easily. We also have a tiny yard (1/5 acre).
 

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Sigh, Thanks ladies. I guess I'm stuck with it. I don't know why it's bugging me so much, but it is. I've also got a ton of dandelions and thistles in my yard. I hate the thistles because the kids like to run barefoot, and those can hurt!<br><br>
I think I'll take a pass on the borax suggestion. :LOL<br><br>
If you think of anything, please let me know! I've worked hard to get grass to grow in my yard, and am sad that it's being killed by the creeping charley!<br><br><br>
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