Ground ivy, also called creeping ivy, is a low-growing, creeping weed with rounded, scalloped leaves and light blue to purple flowers that bloom from April to July. Itwas originally planted in some areas as a groundcover but has now become a major weed in the North. Its stems root wherever they touch the soil. The plants form a dense mat throughout the lawn, crowding out grasses. Although it is found primarily in shaded areas, ground ivy also survives in sunlight.
Hand-pulling is not a good way to control ground ivy because the roots readily resprout into new plants. Ground ivy may indicate that the area is too shady for a lawn to grow.