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Clover weedHow to Control Clover

They say that four-leafed clovers bring good luck, but when you have a lawn full of the normal three leaved clovers, you don’t feel very lucky, especially if you’re trying to maintain a lush grassy green turf. What many people don’t know is that clover growing on your lawn is actually a good thing, if you ignore the eyesore of it messing with your uniform turf. How?  Clover actually helps convert nitrogen from the air into nitrogen found in the soil, thus making your turf nutrient rich and healthier wherever they are present.

In fact, clover is so beneficial to lawns that some grass seed companies include clover in lawn mixes to disperse it among turf so that lawns take advantage of clover’s special nutrient-grabbing skill. But if you hate the sight of clover and you want to get rid of it from your lawn, we here at Solutions will tell you how.

Clover Background Information

Clover or trefoil are common names for plants of the genus Trifolium which literally means “three-leaved”. There are about 300 species of clover in the leguminous pea family Fabaceae. The genus has a cosmopolitan distribution with the highest diversity found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, but many species also occur in South America and Africa, including at high altitudes on mountains in the tropics. They range from annual, biennial, or short-lived perennial herbaceous plants. Clover can be evergreen. The leaves are trifoliate (rarely quatrefoiled, cinquefoil, or septfoil), with stipules adnate to the leaf-stalk, and heads or dense spikes of small red, purple, white, or yellow flowers; the small, few-seeded pods are enclosed in the calyx. Other closely related genera often called clovers include Melilotus (sweet clover) and Medicago (alfalfa or Calvary clover).

As we noted in the intro, this weed actually can bring a mountain of benefit to your lawn and as such we recommend possibly tolerating the clover just for the sake of reaping the benefits they provide in keeping your lawn green and healthy. Clover is actually related to garden peas, and like peas, it fixes or takes nitrogen from the air and puts it into the soil. This helps grass grow lush and green. Clover also is a great source of food for wildlife from rabbits to deer, and its flowers provide nectar for honey bees and other pollinating insects. If you don’t want it to spread and take over your lawn, then you can simple mow the flower heads off to prevent seeding. However if you want them gone from your lawn, there’s a way to do it through the herbicides we carry.

For more information on controlling clover on your lawn and to get advice catered to your unique issue from experts, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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Learn More About Clover

In lawns, the persistent clover (trifolium) is one of the most recognizable weeds on lawns and turf. Perennial and low-growing, clover (also known by other names such as trefoil and medick)is actually a helpful addition to your lawn as it contains certain characteristics that keep your lawn healthy. However landowners wanting a uniform turf may find it unsightly and want to get rid of the weed.

Some notably species of clover is the White or Dutch clover (Trifolium repens) which are large-leaved and has an open habit of growth. They are named as such because their flowers are typically white but they can also be pink. Another common species of clover is the yellow trefoil which is small leaved. Trefoils are an annual weed which forms a flattened, circular map of overlapping thin wiry stems. Their flower heads are pale yellow. Clover weed prefers nutrient rich, moist soils. Dry and shady sites are not ideal conditions for growth.

Control Products for Eliminating Clover

 

When pursuing natural means of weed control, like mulching or digging out clover, isn’t doing the trick, chemical treatment can be used to eliminate the weed. You should, choose one of the recommended weed killers shown in the list below. Repeated application may be necessary about 6 weeks later to treat clover since it is a persistent weed. The ideal times to treat White Clover is during late May or early June when the weed is actively growing for the best results. Visit our knowledge base for advice and information on the application of our various weed killers. Once the weed has been neutralized or controlled the bare area should be replaced with a combination of suitable soil and turf seed to aid recovery.

Solutions Pest & Lawn is your trusted advisor and provider for professional quality do-it-yourself lawn maintenance and weed control. Our exclusive lawn care and weed elimination products include premium grass seeds and professional-grade fertilizers. We also have highly-trained and industry-certified representatives that are ready to answer your call or email about any lawn, weed or pest control questions. Check out our selection of clover control products and if you ever need help selecting the best product for you, contact us and we can point you in the right direction depending on your preference and turf circumstance.


Clover Control Methods

Clover be controlled by pulling the weed out if you only have a little patch you are dealing with. However if you have a large area to tackle than chemical control is a convenient way of eliminating weeds.

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Clover Application Tips and Recommendations

  • Clover is controlled best by a three way herbicide or any herbicide containing dicamba so the above herbicides will be most effective on clover, so choose what you wish according to your preference and budget.

  • The best time to apply herbicides to clover is actually the fall after September after it is done flowering.

  • What you may notice with clover when spraying herbicide is that the chemical/water solution will bead up on the plant due to surface tension. This is why we would recommend using a surfactant. A surfactant is a chemical that breaks down the surfact tension of whatever chemical it is mixed with so it can seep into plants better and doesn’t bounce off.

  • Use a hand-pump sprayer with a fan tip nozzle. Spraying a fine mist is best when applying herbicides to clover.

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