Also referred to as Nepeta hederacea, Creeping Charlie, Gill-over-the-ground, Cats-foot and Field Balm, Ground Ivy is a perennial broadleaf weed that can be found in moist, well shaded areas, but can also tolerate full sunlight. Glechoma hederacea thrives throughout the continental United States, although is more common in the east.
Identifying Ground Ivy -
Ground Ivy can be identified by its long, creeping, square stems that root at the nodes (this characteristic distinguishes Ground Ivy from the similar looking Common Mallow). These stems are lax and mostly smooth, although short, stiff hairs may be present. Ground Ivy blades are prominently palmately veined and all its foliage emits a strong mint-like odor when bruised, uprooted or mowed.
In bloom, Ground Ivy features bluish-lavender colored, funnel shaped flowers that are located near the tip of the stem and typically grow in clusters. It usually flowers in the spring.
Ground Ivy Control -
Ground Ivy is a considerably aggressive weed that can quickly overcome turfgrass with its creeping stems and roots. Cultural control practices such as mowing and manual removal can limit Ground Ivy, however these practices are likely to eliminate the weed completely.
Scotts LawnService recommends selective systemic weed control program to fight Ground Ivy in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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