Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy

Other Names: Glechoma hederacea, Creeping Charlie

Type: Ground Covering Perennial

Appearance: Ground ivy is a low-growing perennial with round, scalloped leaves and square stems. It produces small, funnel-shaped purple flowers and spreads by both seeds and creeping stems. While it may have some appeal as a ground cover, ground ivy is often considered invasive when it infringes on lawns.

Risk: This weed can form dense mats, outcompeting desirable grasses and disrupting the uniform appearance of lawns. Its ability to root at nodes along the stems makes it resilient and challenging to control.

Timing: Ground ivy is active throughout the growing season, but it becomes most noticeable in the spring and early summer. It thrives in cool, moist conditions.

Outlook: Ground ivy’s ability to spread by seeds and creeping stems can make it a persistent problem. Effective control measures are essential to prevent its dominance in lawns.

How to Control Ground Ivy

Managing this weed effectively requires a combination of preventative measures and quick treatment.


Take action before this weed appears on your lawn by following best lawn care practices, especially focusing on:

  • Regular Mowing: Regular mowing helps control ground ivy by preventing it from producing flowers and seeds.
  • Improve Lawn Health: Maintain a healthy lawn through proper watering, fertilization, and aeration to reduce open spaces for ground ivy to establish.


If you find this weed on your lawn, it’s best to take action immediately. Working with a lawn care professional is most effective, but you can also try these DIY options:

  • Selective Herbicides: Apply selective herbicides labeled for broadleaf weed control, targeting ground ivy while preserving the health of the surrounding grass.
  • Healthy Lawn Practices: Consistent lawn care practices, such as proper mowing and overseeding, can help suppress ground ivy.

Green Image Lawn Care Knows All About Ground Ivy

When dealing with ground ivy, trust Green Image Lawn Care to bring their extensive experience in weed control. Our experts understand the nuances of this invader and employ human- and environmentally-friendly methods for effective management. Contact us today for personalized solutions tailored to your lawn’s needs.

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