How to naturally control growth overtaking lawn???


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I've got a prolific growth of something that's overtaking the lawn and killing it. I only use organic fertilizers, etc. -- no chemical pesticides. Wondering if anyone can identify this and how I can get it under control without using toxic pesticides/glyphosate etc. Would welcome any advice.

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I imagine digging it up manually will fit the restrictions. You might overdose it with root stimulator, but that is basically what herbicides are, as in auxins.
 
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I've got a prolific growth of something that's overtaking the lawn and killing it. I only use organic fertilizers, etc. -- no chemical pesticides. Wondering if anyone can identify this and how I can get it under control without using toxic pesticides/glyphosate etc. Would welcome any advice.

Many thanks in advance!
I hate to say it but you have a weed taking over your lawn that is known as Creeping Charlie. I know of no means of getting rid of it short of chemically killing your entire lawn and starting over. There may be something out there that I haven't heard of though. Some folks actually grow it as a ground cover.
 
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I hate to say it but you have a weed taking over your lawn that is known as Creeping Charlie. I know of no means of getting rid of it short of chemically killing your entire lawn and starting over. There may be something out there that I haven't heard of though. Some folks actually grow it as a ground cover.
So sad to see hit this advice is what must happen!
 
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This aroused my interest so I looked online and found this link on utube. It seems to work but some really nasty chemicals are used that supposedly doesn't kill the grass. And IIRC I read somewhere about using Borax incorrectly and causing boron toxicity in the soil.

 
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I hate to say it but you have a weed taking over your lawn that is known as Creeping Charlie. I know of no means of getting rid of it short of chemically killing your entire lawn and starting over. There may be something out there that I haven't heard of though. Some folks actually grow it as a ground cover.
Thank you Chuck. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Darn. Maybe dig it out and restart in these areas ...
 
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Thank you Chuck. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Darn. Maybe dig it out and restart in these areas ...
CC is a type of mint. It spreads by seeds, by rhizomes and stem cuttings. The only way to dig it out would be to remove your soil. I think you would be better off just using chemicals, but even then what's to stop it from coming back at some other time?
 
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Thank you Chuck. I wouldn't mind so much except that it's killing the grass. Wondering if seeding with more grass would help? The "Creeping Charlie" appears pretty resilient. It's just started in the past couple years -- almost 40 years without it. Strange. Not sure what conditions changed to encourage it.
 
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Thank you Chuck. I wouldn't mind so much except that it's killing the grass. Wondering if seeding with more grass would help? The "Creeping Charlie" appears pretty resilient. It's just started in the past couple years -- almost 40 years without it. Strange. Not sure what conditions changed to encourage it.
I doubt if reseeding would help. You will probably have to research which chemicals kill CC but does not harm grasses. IIRC Crossbow herbicide will work but not sure on this. There is really no feasible alternative that I can think off.
 
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Thank you Chuck. I wouldn't mind so much except that it's killing the grass. Wondering if seeding with more grass would help? The "Creeping Charlie" appears pretty resilient. It's just started in the past couple years -- almost 40 years without it. Strange. Not sure what conditions changed to encourage it.
The spreading bit by chopping with a mower or weed eater is what really spreads it. I have CC and another called Speedwell that both propagate by chopped parts. One borrowed piece of equipment, rented or otherwise for example and you are "infected" for all practical purposes.
 
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Thank you Chuck. More concerned about children and pets on lawn so want to avoid toxins. The weed eater is interesting as our gardener has used that a lot in these areas. I'll have him stop this. Thanks!
 
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Thank you Chuck. More concerned about children and pets on lawn so want to avoid toxins. The weed eater is interesting as our gardener has used that a lot in these areas. I'll have him stop this. Thanks!
It would take some thought and work but there is one way to solve the problem without chemicals. You could solarize a portion of your lawn and then another until it was gone and you would have new grass too.
 
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Chuck,

Not to hijack this thread but is this the notorious creepy charlie you spoke of?

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No, not quite as bad as CC. I think this stuff is called winter purslane. Don't let the name fool you. Many types of purslane are native to Texas. You can eat it if you like. Just pull it up before it seeds and DON'T chop it into pieces.
 
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But, in the bottom picture that scalloped leaf plant IS. Dig it up completely. Once your bermuda is going good it will choke out the other stuff if you keep it really healthy.
 
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Great...

Dont chop it to pieces surely means do not mow it which I have done a few times already.

Thank you again, sir.
 
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Great...

Dont chop it to pieces surely means do not mow it which I have done a few times already.

Thank you again, sir.
The purslane is the one that REALLY sprouts from the cut stems. The CC mainly spreads by underground roots and by seeds. That's why you have to dig it up. Purslane also sprouts from seed but it is also easy to pull up, not dig up like the CC.
 
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All I have is a 7" rogue hoe - I'm going to have to order a Bully Tools shovel from Amazon because I hate the garbage they sell at the local junk-box stores. At least I can hack it off for now and get after it when it regrows, and I have a shovel...

Nealy impossible for me to hands & knees it and bending over is definitely out.

Will that invade my Bermuda grass (which is back to being green by the way!)?
 

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