Creeping Charlie remover and Dethatcher.

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Masbustelo
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Creeping Charlie remover and Dethatcher.

Post by Masbustelo » July 30th, 2020, 11:33 am

This tool eliminates creeping charlie, de-thatches, and eliminates poisons, and the need to go to the gym. A good tool for turf management.
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Dchall_San_Antonio
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Re: Creeping Charlie remover and Dethatcher.

Post by Dchall_San_Antonio » August 3rd, 2020, 2:27 pm

Yes that is a dethatching rake, but eliminate Creeping Charlie? How does it do that?

Most definitely eliminates the need to go to the gym. Get some good gloves for that tool.

Masbustelo
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Re: Creeping Charlie remover and Dethatcher.

Post by Masbustelo » August 4th, 2020, 8:46 pm

I've found it to be very effective against creeping charlie. I use it on lawn patrol. If you go after it every time you see it you can get it under control. It grows sort of like on long strings. The de-thatching rake tears them out, but doesn't harm the grass..

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Re: Creeping Charlie remover and Dethatcher.

Post by Dargin » August 5th, 2020, 11:47 am

I have PTSD just looking at that thing. :shock:
I heavily dethatched around 2k a few years back. It really put the ticker to the test.

FWIW:
Last fall I helped a friend seed a small lawn that had a moderately dense infestation of Creeping Charlie. I almost dont like using the word "infestation," it's really a cool weed, and apparently tempermental with its nectar output; keeps the bees guessing.

We were too close to seed down for triclopyr, which would be my normal go-to, so I tried pulling some up. We had over 7 foot long runners come up very easily. The soil was/is VERY sandy and VERY compacted, so maybe the roots were struggling.

Anyway, I'm thinking all along that all we accomplished was just a quick cosmetic fix, and that any root remnants would cause a reemergence to deal with the following spring.

April 1st of this year we started the preemergent. To date there is zero Creeping Charlie in that renovated area. It still feels like a dice roll, but apparently it can work sometimes.

Masbustelo
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Re: Creeping Charlie remover and Dethatcher.

Post by Masbustelo » August 5th, 2020, 2:24 pm

My experience with the Charlie is constant diligence. Charlie wins the complacency contest.


Dargin
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Re: Creeping Charlie remover and Dethatcher.

Post by Dargin » August 7th, 2020, 5:38 pm

I feel the same about nimblewill. It's an easy kill with tenacity, a couple 4oz/A apps and good deal of patience, but it you don't keep your eyes on it it'll make a run for it. :)

Masbustelo
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Re: Creeping Charlie remover and Dethatcher.

Post by Masbustelo » August 7th, 2020, 9:52 pm

Nimblewill is pretty easily managed with the de-thatching rake too. When I began lawn care a couple of years ago I had an entire section 100% nimblewill (I thought it was a shade grass). I hadn't heard of Tenacity and got it eliminated with the rake and hand pulling. Tenacity is easier.

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