Creeping Charlie!!!!!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by POPO4995, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Can anyone help me figure out what is the best product for creeping charlie? I have a few customers with it and I really want to get rid of it. Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use Momemtum FX2 in warmer weather - 2 apps, and worked well for me.
    Not nearly so good in cooler weather.

    Most guys here will probably tell you to pull out the ester's.
     
  3. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
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    I use Lesco Three-Way with Octane plus spreader/sticker. I use this because it is what I carry in my inventory. Three way is my main stay and Octane is a good enhancer. Quick Silver is another good enhancer. I get excellent results in the worst of conditions with one application. However I always tell customers it could take two or three. Fall after frost is the best time. But I hit it anytime customers want it gone. Surge, Speedzone, etc are all good. Most are 3-way spiked with something like Quick Silver. You need something to get past the waxy, fuzzy leaf.
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like Lesco Eliminate. (Something with triclopyr). Use the maximum. Add a heavy shot of surfactant or crop oil.
     
  5. JoJo1990

    JoJo1990 LawnSite Member
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    I agree. I always start with my Three-Way and check it again on the next visit. If the ground ivy was only knocked back but still kicking, hit it with triclopyr via spot spray and you should be set. A surfacant may help as well if it's not already pre-mixed with your product.
     
  6. Young Bros

    Young Bros LawnSite Senior Member
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    I recommend 4-6 apps a year. T-zone in the cool weather and Surge in the warm weather. Our full service customers have no creeping charlie. We also use a sticker when fert in not in the mix.
     
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good ideas guys.
    If I can add to the OP's thread...

    What is a good, steady performer to knock out ground ivy that is not a HOT product i.e. you have to be so danged careful with it or the neighbor's tomatoes down the street fall over? I want to run something thru my PG that is all purpose, good in cool and warm weather (not necessarily HOT), and that won't get my boob in a ringer, yet will knock down ivy good with one (preferrably) or two apps.
     
  8. Young Bros

    Young Bros LawnSite Senior Member
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    The best I found is surge for all seasons. Sometimes creeper is knocked out in 1-2 consectutive apps. Depends on the growing condition weather ect. We recommend to the customer 4-6 becuase sometimes it takes more apps. Plus they get free service calls.
     
  9. JoJo1990

    JoJo1990 LawnSite Member
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    I still think triclopyr alone is one of the best products for ground ivy. Even at the lower label rates it performs awesome. The University of MI and MN also suggest it.

    The U of M also did some experimenting use laundry Borax. It works, but has also harmed grass if the conditions aren't perfect. Since ground ivy spreads by stolons and rhizomes, any little bit left behind after culitivation will sprout right back. This stuff laughs at 2-4D alone.
     
  10. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think Fx2 with sticker to be great for ivy. It is a little slow when cold but does work. I have gotten rid of it with one application. Usually if a customer has it the neighbor has it and if they are not spraying for it will keep creeping into the yard you are treating.
    Three-Way will work. just not as good as Fx2, that is why if I have Three-Way in my tank and see ivy I will do the same thing Grandview does, add some Octane.
    The Fluroxypr in Fx2 and Triclopyr in other sprays are excellent herbicides overall.
     

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