You have a beautiful lawn, but lately you have noticed that this magnificent green expanse is interrupted by groups of sprouted clovers. You tried to cut, but the small weeds of white flowers keep coming back and bringing bees with them.
Clover, or clover, is one of the most common weeds found in poorly maintained and malnourished lawns.
"Clover is a weed that is difficult to control because of its small size and numerous leaves that make it harder to hit with granular herbicides," he says. Phil Dwyer, lawn scientist for Scotts Miracle-Gro.
Tired of fighting this herb? Here are some ways to get rid of it forever, so that your lawn looks perfect.
Keep a well fertilized lawn.
The best defense against any grass is a thick and healthy grass, so you should keep it well fed. Experts recommend fertilizing four times a year.
"The ideal grass density is so thick that weeds don't have the opportunity to make contact with the ground or get the sunlight they need to start germinating," he says. Jay Worth, marketing coordinator of Tomlinson Bomberger, a Pennsylvania lawn care company.
"A regular schedule of fertilizer applications will help maintain and strengthen your lawn," he says Jon Shuey, operations manager of Green Lawn Fertilizing, in West Chester, PA.
Thick grass can displace clover and become the dominant plant once again.
When the clover falls low, we cut high (thanks, Michelle Obama!). Shuey says it is important to raise the cutting platform, since the clover grows near the ground and has a shallow root system.
"Increasing the height of cut and allowing the grass to grow taller will block the exposure of sunlight to the clover and help prevent its growth and spread throughout the lawn," says Shuey.
Experts say that mow the lawn not less than 3 inches.
Remove by hand
Sometimes you have to get to the root of the problem. Removing weeds may be the fastest solution to return grass to beautiful vegetation. The moment you see the clover grow, get on your hands and knees and remove it by gently loosening the earth around it to get the whole root.
"Obviously, this is not the most popular control method because it involves most of the work, but if you get to the clover early, before it blooms and begins to spread, you can remove small areas of the clover by hand," says Shuey.
Shuey says that the clover spreads through the seeds and has stems that crawl and spread their roots across the ground, "so it is imperative to pull it before instead of waiting until you have a complete infestation."
If your problem with clover is really out of control, look for a liquid herbicide. Dwyer prefers Ortho Weed B Gon Pamplina, Clover and Oxalis Killer for Lawns, which is available as a ready-to-spray or concentrated hose.
Shuey says to look for products that contain 2,4-D and make sure the label indicates that it is a selective herbicide that will control the clover.
"The last thing you want to do is damage your lawn and have to sow areas due to chemical burning," he explains.
You can also take preventive measures with preemergents that attack weed seeds before they germinate.
"It is better to leave pre-emergent in autumn and spring to help slow the spread of weeds," he says Neal Kezar of Magic Pest and Lawn, in Austin, TX.
For those looking for an organic approach to clover growth, there are options like GOODBYE. from Herbanatur Ecological weed control or Bonide & # 39; s Weed Beater.
Chris Lintner, customer experience manager with Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, in Cleveland, says GOODBYE. It is essentially salt that dries and burns the clover leaves, eliminating the ability of the plant to create its own food. Weed Beater is mainly several forms of liquid iron, which covers the clover leaves and burns them for a few days. He says both are safe to use on the lawn and will not damage the lawn when the instructions are followed.
“As with most herbicides, organic or chemical, you can burn the grass if it is applied when the average temperature is above a certain point. Therefore, these products are best used in spring and autumn, when the average temperature is significantly lower than in summer, ”says Lintner.
Use a DIY natural remedy
Sometimes, a small DIY mixture can be useful to fight clover. Spraying vinegar mixed with a little dish soap can treat clover patches.
Leslie Rutland, which runs the SeasonedHomeMaker.com blog, says it uses a mixture of 30% vinegar, 70% water and 2 tablespoons of horticultural orange oil in a heavy duty spray bottle, and treats the clover in its central courtyard Texas.
"But here's the key: it should be applied in the heat of the day, above 75 degrees in plants that don't have dew or rain on their leaves," says Rutland.
There is also corn gluten meal, which functions as a natural pre-emergent herbicide by inhibiting clover seedlings. And it does not harm the established grass.
“To keep winter and spring weeds to a minimum, I apply corn gluten as a pre-emergent in September and February. If the Texas weather is unusually warm and humid, I will reapply after four to six weeks, ”says Rutland.