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donwhoolery
09-16-2006, 10:28 AM
I was told by an old gardener that if I have clover growing naturallyin my lawn it means the soil is sweet, does anyone know if this is true

Sandgropher
09-16-2006, 11:01 AM
Dont know that one :confused: i would have thought clover grows where the seeds drop or blow, if your nieghbours have got it you could get it, like every other weed.

JWTurfguy
09-16-2006, 11:32 AM
It's true that clover prefers "sweet" soils, but it will still tolerate a range of soil ph's and levels of phosphate. If you take a soil test and find that you are already high on phosphorus, you would do well to avoid making applications of phosphorus (the middle number on a bag of fert) when making fertilizer applications.

Annual bluegrass (Poa Annua) is another weed that prefers sweet soils. That's one of the reasons that golf course superintendents avoid phosphates in their ferts when they're working with bentgrass and KBG's and need to avoid poa annua. I hope this helps.

Shane