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Re: Glechoma was: Progress on the garden wall

Creeping Charlie can be eradicated with a borax treatment, but you must be very careful.
> Marge: This stuff is everywhere on my property...I'm not sure I can get
> rid of it by now...it is even in the turfgrass. Fortunately, I don't
> have any low growing plants that it smothers, so at this point I think
> I'm just going to content myself with calling it a groundcover...picking
> my battles in this case means devoting myself to ridding the property of
> the dreaded field bindweed, which has a bad habit of climbing all over
> my taller plants and making a mess. Compared to that rascal of a plant,
> the ground ivy problem is bearable. :-)
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Wed 01/07, Marge Talt < mtalt@hort.net > wrote:
> From: Marge Talt [mailto: mtalt@hort.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 03:16:12 -0500
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Glechoma was: Progress on the garden wall
> :-) Melody...thought it just might be that child.<br><br>Oddly enough,
> the old Time-Life Gardening Encyclopedia I have has one<br>very nice
> image where someone used that as a groundcover - so it has<br>been done.
> Other plants will grow through it, as well, so if you pick<br>your
> plants, you could use it as a groundcover, but you'd have to<br>watch it
> as it would not be satisfied to stay where you want it.<br><br>it's
> actually a fairly handsome plant if it just did not have such
> a<br>desire for world domination. I must pull bushels of it every year.
> <br>Problem is that it not only spreads over ground, it seeds around and
> <br>it will come back from roots left in the soil as well. It
> takes<br>incredible persistence to rid an area of it, but it can be done
> a bit<br>at a time.<br><br>You can cover it with black plastic, which
> will kill it off in a<br>season, but you have to keep an eye on it so it
> doesn't sneak out the<br> edges on you. And even after you've killed off
> a huge swath of it,<br>the seed still persists so you have to keep after
> the area and make<br>sure to pull all seedlings the moment they
> germinate. After 2 or 3<br>years of this, you can pretty well win the
> battle.<br><br>There is a variegated form on the market; a really pretty
> thing, but<br>like the marvelous variegated form of poke weed, I would
> not have it<br>in the garden no matter how lovely it is....let alone pay
> money for<br>it!<br><br>It does make good compost if you get it in the
> middle of the heap so<br>the heat kills it; on the edges of the heap, it
> just flourishes!<br><br>Marge Talt, zone 7
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> 101.com/topics.cfm/635<br><br>----------<br>> From: Melody
> <mhobertm@excite.com><br>> <br>> Marge: Bingo!! That's the
> one...persistence thy name is Glechoma<br>> hederacea! This is the most
> stubborn plant...after five years I've<br>made<br>> absolutely no
> inroads in getting rid of this thing. Anybody out<br>there<br>> ever
> seen this plant used successfully as part of an
> overall<br>landscaping<br>> plan because I think I'm really tired of
> trying to get rid of<br>it...you<br>> know, sometimes if you can't beat
> 'em...you may as well figure out<br>how<br>> to make it
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