WOW! and I planted one acre of clover next to the bees home.
MAN! I did not know that clover was that horrendous that it should be
eradicated from the planet. MAN! I am stupid! (Go ahead I can take it).
Our love of tidy but not very diverse yards is imprinted on us by our
culture. The immaculate lawn, under siege from ecological writers
everywhere, developed in the mild and evenly moist climate of Great
Britain. Its implications are deeply woven into our psyche. A lawn in
preindustrial times trumpeted to all that the owner possessed enough
wealth to use some land for sheer ornament, instead of planting all of
it to food crops.
And close-mowed grass proclaimed affluence, too: a herd of sheep large
enough to crop the lawn uniformly short. These indicators of status
whisper to us down the centuries. By consciously recognizing the
influence of this history, we can free ourselves of it and let go of the
reflexive impulse to roll sod over the entire landscape.
Spray and split, and leave your neighbors holding the bag. Lacks a
little something in integrity, but shows damn fine survival skills.
Now, would I prefer to have an inbred cretin with an aversion to
herbicides living next to me, or someone who is prepared to turn their
home into a Superfund site in order to get rid of clover, hmmmm. As luck
would have it, Bill who putters is already surrounded by superfund
sites, 3 or 4 in a radius of 10 miles, maybe 2 dozen within a radius of
50 miles, so you can imagine his reaction to your proposal.
Anyway, as luck would have it, the herbicide seems to be most dangerous
to broadleaf plants, and legumes, those plants so important in making
topsoil, that have been wiped out by commercial farming. But the planet
isn't your problem, is it? Now your problem is that eIther you can go
squat, and slice the offending clover off at its base with a knife, or
you can hang around after you've done your dastardly deed, and reseed
the area that was poisoned, because the lawn won't spread quickly enough
to fill in the bare spots by itself. That of course means that that you
will need to be there to water the nascent lawn patch, and thereby
putting an ugly hole in you vacation schedule.
Or, you could learn to love clover, topsoil, and your planet.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
Fertilize lightly with a high-nitrogen fertilizer with no
phosphorus. Keep the grass mowed, and don't water it too much.
(clover likes moist, low-nitrogen soil with lots of phosphorus.) The
grass should overtake the clover in the hot summer months.
If you just have to spray something, try something containing
dicamba or triclopyr.
I like clover and a few violets in the lawn. Creeping Charlie is
the lawn weed that I hate. (fluffing it up with a steel rake, kind
of like dethatching, right before mowing does a number on it and
almost keeps it under control)
I agree with this completely. Clover, in general, indicates soil with
poor nutrient level, especially nitrogen. Farmers of yesteryear knew
soils where clover and Queen Anne's lace thrived were nutrient poor, and
they would either compensate with green or conventional manures to be
able to plant crops there, or simply would not use that piece of land
for cropping. Improve the conditions for the lawn grass, and the clover
will get choked out automatically.
> If you just have to spray something, try something containing
Also true, but consider spraying as an absolute LAST resort, please.
Not so. Here it is part of a mixed pasture that includes some heavy feeders
who like nitrogen, eg kikuyu.
Farmers of yesteryear knew
Here clover is seen as a bonus and it is encouraged and in some cases seeded
into the pasture. It is nutritious and loved by both horses and cattle. If
your pasture grows clover you certainly would use that land.
Improve the conditions for the lawn grass, and
Not necessarily. At certain seasons clover grows better than grass at
others not so well. I have had clover in the spring so thick the pasture
looked white and you could hear the hum of the bees wherever you went.
Later in the year the same paddock produced abundant grass as the clover
retreated, the paddock has dense coverage (except in drought) and shows no
sign of choking out the clover which comes back each year.
You are giving clover a bad reputation which is not deserved but I doubt the
OP is concerned about grazing animals so this is not really that relevant.
David is correct. Clover helps in fixing nitrogen to the soil therefore
helps the lawn. The clover will retreat and lawn should look better.
I find when using the so called weed and feed stuff the lawn looks worse
over the years for a short term benefit. I am sure the good bugs do not
like herbicides also. The the bad bugs move in like grubs and look out.
Lawn addicted to chemicals.
That may be, *after* the clover has fixed nitrogen for a season or two.
Clover easily outcompetes grasses where the soil has very low nitrogen
but ample water. I am dealing with a lawn that was established decades
ago on sterile fill dirt, no topsoil. The lawn was treated all those
years with chemical fertilizers and weed killers, and had all clippings
removed to the local landfill, so it never developed any topsoil nor
built any reservoir of nitrogen. One area, near a gutter downspout,
has ample water and a great crop of clover. It is very green but has
stems like wire and mowing makes it look just awful. I mostly leave
the clover alone, knowing that in a few years when it has built up
enough nitrogen in the soil the grasses will gain the advantage. In
the meantime I have developed several very large compost piles, and
most of the finished compost is going onto the lawn. Now the lawn is
mowed with a mulching blade, and all vegetable debris remains on the
i just got back from NY, & i thought the answer was in the Brewer's
Garden, but there's no mention of ground ivy there at all... so, i
need to go dig out some other books & see if they have specifics.
i did find that stinging nettle make a good bittering agent though.
annoying as they are, that's a really useful plant!
i'll have to get back to you on the ground ivy. the email addy
works, so if it's more than three days remind me. i get sidetracked
White clover (Trifolium repens). i've never heard it referred to as
*Chinese* white clover, just white clover. it's native to Europe &
was brought her by colonists & has naturalized to all the lower 48 at
least. it can be a cover crop, but i dunno about living mulch. i
suppose so,. as it's not deep rooted.
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