How to Kill Weeded Creeping Charlie With Borax

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Things You'll Need

  • Borax

  • Water

  • Bucket

  • Sprayer

  • Garden hose

  • Long-sleeved shirt

  • Gloves

  • Long pants

  • Socks

  • Shoes

  • Goggles

  • Face mask

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Creeping charlie, or ground ivy, is a flowering weed that grows in shady, moist areas and, if left unchecked, can quickly take over other areas of your lawn. The first step to ridding the lawn of creeping charlie is to utilize a tool called a dethatching rake to remove all or most of the weeds from the affected area. After this has been accomplished, it is important to ensure that this pesky flowering invader no longer attempts to take over your yard. This can be accomplished with the household product borax.

Step 1

Add 10 oz. of borax (such as 20 Mule Team brand) into 1/2 cup of warm water.

Step 2

Pour the borax mixture into 2 1/2 gallons of water. Mix the solution until the borax is completely dissolved. This will cover 1,000 square feet of lawn, so use less if the area to be treated is smaller.

Step 3

Pour the borax mixture into a sprayer that can be attached to a garden hose.

Step 4

Put on a pair of gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks, shoes, goggles and a face mask.

Step 5

Spray the borax mixture onto the weeded creeping charlie during the springtime when there is no rain in the forecast for at least the next two days, making sure to place the mixture on evenly.

Step 6

Apply this borax mixture once more next year around the same date.


Jaimie Zinski

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.