How do I control ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) in a home lawn in Tazewell County Virginia?
Date of Correspondence: April 23, 2004 Website Resources: http://glechoma.hederacea.turfweeds.net http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/glehe.htm Recommendation: Ground ivy does not respond to single treatments of the common broadleaf lawn weed control products. Repeated herbicide treatments are needed to completely kill this weed. Foliar spray products work better than granular products but will still need multiple (3 or 4) treatments at 2 to 3 week intervals. Consult your local hardware store for products that contain two or three of the following active ingredients: 2,4-D, MCPP, dicamba, clopyralid, triclopyr, and MCPA. Use the highest recommended rate and repeat treatment as is allowed on the product label. Ground ivy can be treated any time during spring, summer, and fall as long as plants are not under stress from drought or heat. Fall is optimal timing for best control but it is not needed to wait. Beware of drifting spray onto susceptible ornamental plants as injury will result.