Part of my lawn is being taken over by clover.
None of which are Four-Leaf.
Both the traditional 3 leaf and some other weed with small leaves and a tiny
yellow flower (not dandelion, much smaller).
So first, what will kill off the clover but not harm the grass?
Please and thank you.
Future historians will be able to study at the Jimmy Carter Library, the
First off its not clover but probably black medick or perhaps oxalis. Both
will be easily treated by a 2-4-D herbacide HOWEVER oxalis is a complete
bitch to get rid of. Its because their leaves make a trough like structure
that causes the control to run off easily. It can be taken care of, but
requires multiple treatments. How much do you have in your lawn?
Clover is one of the more difficult plants to eliminate from lawns.
Many of the broadleaf weedkillers are not very effective, especially
the weed n feed type products.
Triclopyr works fairly well, though two applications will be necessary.
It also helps to add one of the agents to the spray mix that makes it
stick to the leaves. That's the problem with clover, the waxy leaf
makes it hard for the herbicide to adhere.
Also, don't apply herbicides during periods of high heat and stress, as
it's more likely to damage the grass.
That's the info I needed.
I think it's best to attack one weed at a time?????
I'll go after the clover, (maybe not the correct name, but they sure look
It is VERY hot right now...high 90's so I will take your advice and wait
till a less stressful time.
I do water my lawns religiously though.
I do spread brand name weed&feed pre-emergents in spring, but these 3 leaf
(clover) are tough little weeds.
Ireland can take them back!
Most weeds are, in a way, a good thing in lawns. Clover's a legume, it adds
nitrogen to the soil. Most turf weeds are annuals, and break down at the
end of the season, leaving behind more nutrients. Weeds are just an
indicator that something is wrong with the soil. Treating the weeds is a
bandaid. Fixing the soil problems is the cure. It's like setting out spring
traps for moles, while the grubs eat your lawn from below.
-A jumper cable walks into a bar. The barman says "I'll serve you, but
If it's as easy to kill clover as any broadleaf weed, then why do
companies like Ortho market products specifically for clover, and other
tough weeds, which contain triclopyr, as opposed to their regular
broadleaf herbicide, like Weed B Gone?
Weed-B-Gone Max kills clover, ground ivy, dandelion, plantain, and other
broadleaf weeds, at least it did in my NY lawn. It has no affect on
grassy weeds like crabgrass, neither did Weed-B-Gone for Crabgrass..
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