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Clover weedHow to Control Clover: Tips and Tricks

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.

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.

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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