Ever wonder why a patch of clover in your lawn is usually a deeper green color than the rest of the lawn? Clover actually takes nitrogen out of the air and makes it available to your lawn.
Did you know it wasn’t until recently when herbicides were invented that clover became known as weed. In fact some lawn-care manufacturers are now including clover (such as Dutch white clover) in lawn mixes!
Clover actually helps the lawn grow healthier and more pest-resistant, and reduces the amount of fertilizer required. Many homeowners prefer their lawns to be free of it in order to grow a perfect lawn.
So your probably asking what’s the best method of Killing Clover In The Lawn? We’ll there are two proven methods, one is the “au naturel” approach while the other is sort of, shall we say … a bit on the toxic side.
First a natural approach to Killing Clover In The Lawn
The most effective method of controlling clovers is to maintain a dense and healthy turf area. Often weeds can be easily kept out if the Ph and nutrients levels are optimum. Then a cornmeal application can be use to control the weeds. Use 10 pounds per 1,000 sq ft every 120 days simply as a fertilizer as well.
Mowing height and the frequency of mowing also will deter these weeds. These methods are by far the best way to keep clovers from invading your garden.
Alternative approach to getting rid of clover in the lawn
Pulling weeds by hand also works in small lawns, but chemical control is sometimes necessary especially when managing large areas. Always read and follow directions on label and keep pets and children away! For broadleaf weeds such as clover use a mixture containing the phenoxy-type herbicide, 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba salt (Trimec, found in Weed-No-More) and apply in early fall.
Beware dicamba can damage tree and shrub roots so apply carefully! Bindi weed killer has also been know provide a great method of killing clover in the Lawn. Some recommend adding 2 teaspoons of dishwashing detergent to the application to help it better adhere to the clover’s waxy type leaf. This weed killer will get rid of the clover but leave your lawn looking green.
See also: bonide products another effective chemical product recommended by many nurseries.
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(reprint from LBNews)
Fall is a great time to seed a new lawn or reseed an existing areas
The preferred time to reseed / plant a lawn is during the months of Oct/Nov. when weeds are in their lowest growth cycle. Seeding before winter will allow the root system to develop over the winter in preparation for the hot and dry summer months. Simply follow the outline below and you’ll be guaranteed success.
1. Start with bare soil – kill/ pull any weeds.
2. Breakup the soil and amend with humus, ground bark, aged sawdust or wood shavings to allow for good root and water penetration of the soil.
3. Add a starter fertilizer to the soil and level to final grade.
4. Lightly rake the surface smooth and break any clumps of soil. With a (rented) roller lightly firm the soil.
5. Sow the seed at the recommended rate. Sow 1/4 of the seed to the entire area in one application. Follow with the next three applications in different directions.
Tip: When spreading by hand it may be helpful to add sand or sawdust with the seed mix. For best results use a hand crank operated seed spreader.
5. Using a fan rake, brush the seed carefully under the soil. Lightly Rake again at right angles.
6. Cover seeds with 1/8th inch of a rich organic soil, sawdust or peat moss. This will provide shade to new seedlings and help retain moisture.
7. Water your seeds thoroughly. Depending on the time of year, the seed bed may take as many as 5 short cycles per day. Germination will occur within the first week for some grasses while others may take as long as 21 days. Water just enough to keep the ground damp.
8. After 3 weeks most of the seed will be germinated and you can cut back on the number of watering cycles. When the grass gets to two or three inches in height. Mow the lawn with a sharp blade mower set at a 2″ cutting height.
9. Apply your favorite fertilizer. Make sure to choose the a good Fall fertilizer and broadcast at the rate recommended by the manufacturer. Then water in thoroughly to prevent burning of your new seedlings.