You can do a lot of damage to it just by fluffing it up with a rake
right before you mow (so the mower blades can get to it.)
Triclopyr herbicide is effective; you can get it in Ortho Brush-B-Gon,
or some herbicide formulations for chickweed, or a farm chemical called
Garlon. I'm not sure if Dicamba works against it or not, but 2,4-d and
its derivatives do not.
I recommend a combination of pulling the stuff out by hand, mowing, and
lastly, applying Brush-B-Gon to what comes back. HTH
We had the same problem and used this stuff called Weed Beater Plus by
Bonide. It works wonderfully. All of our ground ivy is gone, along
with all the other weeds, but the grass is still just fine. It may
take 2-3 weeks until it's all gone, and may take more than 1
application, but after this time you can throw down more grass seed if
Forgot to mention, we used the concentrated liquid formula, mixed it
with water according to the directions, and applied it with a pump
sprayer. We picked it up at our local Agway. It costs about $20.
Here's a link to what the bottle looks like:
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