Ground ivy, which is a perennial weed and also known as creeping charlie is a member of the mint family. If it is crushed or rubbed together it gives off a strong minty fragrance. It is sometimes mistaken for germander speedwell, as the leaves are similar in appearance. This low growing weed forms a dense mat in turf, it is also found in hedgerows and woodland. Once established it can be difficult to remove as it is resistant to many weed killers. It spreads aggressively via underground runners, which root at the nodes.
The leaves are heart/kidney shaped and have scalloped edges. The leaf stems are square, unlike germander speedwell, which this weed is often confused with.
Ground ivy produces funnel shaped flowers, blue – violet in colour, that are borne in clusters. The flowers bloom in the spring between March and May.
Ground ivy will grow in most conditions.
Small areas can be hand weeded, ensuring all the fragments are removed.
Ground ivy is a difficult weed to control with selective herbicides, as it is resistant to most. In all most all cases several applications will be required.
Another option is to use glyphosate (Round Up). Glyphosate is a total weed killer, meaning it will kill everything it comes into contact with, including the grass. Therefore the weeds would have to be spot treated. Handy weed gel sticks can be purchased for this reason, where you simply dab it onto the target weed.