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    Weed Focus: Clover

    Gwyn Dubel
    Posted by: Gwyn Dubel on June 29, 2016

    Not all clover is lucky, clover is a weed that can cause some Weed_Focus_Clover.jpgserious damage to your lawn. Usually spotted by the little white flowers and with bees active around it, this perennial can be seen in lawns around the country. That’s why Weed Pro has you covered with all you need to know about this weed, including how to spot it, stop it, and more!

    How to identify this weed?

    This perennial, or a plant that grows for more than two years, grows very close to the ground. Clover is pretty easy to spot with by its leaves that grow in sets of three leaflets. Each of the leaflets are teardrop shaped with a reddish stripe across it. This weed also grows in a creeping manner that will develop roots where ever the stem node touches the ground.

    Where does it like to grow the most?

    Clover likes to grow in moist areas the most. This weed also performs well in soil lacking in nitrogen, so bare or areas where grass is sparse are prime targets.

    How do you treat this weed?                                      

    The best way to prevent clover is to keep a healthy and well-fertilized lawn that will keep clover, along with other weeds, out. Another way to prevent clover is by adjusting your mowing height. If the clover grows more in a mix of grasses, by letting the grass grow a little longer, you may be able to choke out the clover naturally. When the clover gets no sun, it experiences no growth.

    Just in case this weed has already made its way into your lawn and you’re not able to remove it naturally, there is no need to worry, there are many ways to make sure your lawn is happy and healthy again. Depending on where you live, some methods may be more effective than others. In some areas, feed products can be effective against clover. You need to find a weed killer that won’t harm your grass. Many of your standard weed killers will do the trick, such as Ortho® Weed B Gon® Weed Killer For Lawns Ready-To-Use2. Just make sure to follow the instructions on the label. In addition, since clover thrives nitrogen-depleted soil, applying a fertilizer may stop clover from coming back.

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