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Dealing with clover

 

How to restrain clover growth in your lawn?

Does your yard look like it has been overrun by tiny, round white flowers with bees all around them? There is a good chance your lawn has clover. And that’s fine – most lawns do. But what if you don’t like how they make your lawn look? Or perhaps you’re on edge about bees stinging your kids? Whatever the reason is, if you want to see more greenery and less clover in your lawn then there are a few simple things you can do.

Following are four tips to help you control clover in your lawn

  1. Maintain a well-fed lawn

The best way to control weeds like clover is to put an end to them even before they grow. One way is to feed your lawn as a conservative estimate of four times every year. This is because clover plants thrive in the less fertilized grass and regular feeding will provide the lawn with the nutrients it needs to grow thick and strong. Thick grass will then be able to force out clover.

  1. Raise mowing height

Though you might want to lower the lawn mower height to crop the white blooms, it would actually make more sense to elevate it. Weeds like clover grow low and their roots are often shallow. By raising your mower height, you allow the grass on the lawn to grow slightly taller. This effectively cuts off sunlight and prevents the undesirable clover growth in your lawn.

  1. Pull clover manually

If you catch sight of clover in the vicinity of your lawn before they have grown into flowers and have started to spread, you can have recourse to manual approaches and remove them from small areas freehand. Clover extends through roots and crawling stems that will root through the lawn, so make sure you pluck it as soon as possible.

Just remember to loosen the soil to separate any remaining roots that you may otherwise miss.

  1. Use a Weed Killer

If you don’t wish to remove clover from your hands, there are many effective weed terminators that won’t harm your lawn. Whether you have only a few clover plants in your lawn or a bigger clover predicament, weed control products will effectively feed your lawn and remove clover at the same time.

The clover referred to here is white clover, a perennial weed. There are other annual weeds that people commonly call yellow clover. However, you don’t have to be concerned about yellow clover weeds in that they are annuals and will bite the dust at the end of the season anyway.