I have a bad clover problem here in the DC area. As much as I hate to use
chemicals, I may have to. We are planning to take a 3 week vacation
starting at the beginning of August.
Would I do damage to my grass if I sprayed a weedkiller on right before we
left, so as to minimize our exposure to it?
Well once in awhile i'll call some one a fool or an ass. No reason
just stupid responses I have done too many times but I try to give
substance . My button revolves around perfecting sterile environments
that look "good" but are hazardous to well water life etc. Guess my
fuse is short with this minor leak in the Gulf.
Sort of crazy may be due to cretin leanings.
Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
What use one more wake up call?
My understanding is that a clover lawn seldom needs mowing, requires
less water and fertilizer, and is naturally nearly weed free when
So much for the pluses, all of this is balanced by being able to be
killed by broad leaf plant poisons. The beauty of grass lawns is a
marketing invention of the chemical companies supplying broad leaf
toxins. Suburbia has largely bought into this.
well, it's low growing so you don't have to mow as often, it has
flowers that the bees really love, and it doesn't brown out too badly
if it's dry & a tiny bag (half pound) of seed covers 7000 square
foot. horrible stuff, clover...
so, look where you walk. i managed to get to 55 walking in bare
feet/playing on clover filled lawns (my dad never bought into the
golf course greens lawn thing in the 50s) without getting stung on
the feet. in fact, the only things that have ever stung me were
yellowjackets & wasps, never honeybees. my 10 year old has never been
stung by anything...
the chemicals that kill broadleaf weeds/clover are a hell of a lot
worse for kiddos in bare feet than bee stings anyway!
really? i have lamb's quarter, oxalis, stinging nettle, & a few
other odd weeds in my flower beds, but no clover. i have used clover
as a cover crop & tilled it in in my veggie garden. no clover.
it's not that big an issue.
From my 40 some years experience with clover in lawns, I've never seen
a big problem with it spreading to flower beds. Not that it doesn't,
but it's a lot easier to pull clover out of a mulched flower bed then it
is to pull grass that spread into the same flower bed.
I love clover, especially red, but crimson is pretty and is a good
cover crop. Yellow sweet clover - I love the smell, although I think
its in the pea family and not really a clover. You probably have white
clover, which I also have plenty of. I need to buy some crimson clover
seed - I haven't grown that in a few years.
Thanks for the reminder! Can't help with with weedkillers - never used
them. Mowing seems to keep white clover looking tidy.
If it's truly clover and not oxalis, try using a paring knife to cut the
root just below the soil and lift the plant. The remaining roots
contain nitrogen nodules that will nourish your lawn.
If it's oxalis or if you are really insistent on killing the clover, use
a lawn food with weed killer instead of spraying.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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