Weeds 101: Ground Ivy

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Fall is an excellent time to treat ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) — a prostrate creeping perennial commonly found in moist, shaded turf. Known for its rounded, scalloped leaves and small funnel-shaped purple flowers, ground ivy can be difficult to control.  

What to look for: Creeping stems several feet long; scalloped leaves; small purple flowers  

Life cycle: Cool-season perennial; grows in spring, summer and fall  

Leaves: Round and scalloped; grow on a long stalk  

Flowers: Funnel-shaped, purple, grow in clusters; bloom in early spring  

Roots: Grow from nodes at creeping stems

Look-alikes: Various violets, creeping bellflower

Commonly found: Sites with poor drainage; sun or shade 

Apply a postemergence herbicide, such as Turflon® Ester Ultra specialty herbicide, in fall or spring once the weed is actively growing. Products containing triclopyr, the active ingredient in Turflon Ester Ultra, have proven to be highly effective in fall or spring — more effective than 2,4-D-based products during the difficult summer period. Alleviate shade, wet soil and poor fertility to help maintain control. 

State restrictions on the sale and use of Turflon® Ester apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Always read and follow label directions.


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