What Is Ground Ivy?
Ground Ivy, a member of the mint family, is a fast growing perennial weed. It produces a nice minty smell when mowed.
Why Do I Have Ground Ivy?
Although thought to like moist shady areas, Ground Ivy seems to thrive in pretty much any situation. Often Ground Ivy is most severe in lawns that have been damaged and don’t have heat-tolerant grass varieties. The lack of competition from stronger grass types allows Ground Ivy to fill in any bare areas in your lawn.
What Can I Do About Ground Ivy?
As with all weeds, the best way to prevent Ground Ivy is to have a thick healthy lawn that you mow as high as possible. Once you have Ground Ivy though, just keeping your lawn thick is not enough to fight it.
Our Organic Foundation Lawn Care Program will naturally discourage Ground Ivy, but does requires at least 6 applications to begin to notice its effectiveness. Additional Spring and Fall Natural Weed Buster applications can also help, however, there are no guarantees. Even chemicals don’t work perfectly against Ground Ivy. The most effective way to reduce Ground Ivy is to do spot chemical treatments in the Fall.