Anyway to kill broadleaf weeds and keep Clover

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by EchoEast, May 21, 2012.

  1. EchoEast

    EchoEast LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    A customer is requesting that clover remain mixed in the grass.

    Is there anyway spray for broadleaf weeds and keep the clover?

    I am currently only backpack spot treating the 1 acre property with Surge but it would be nice to apply a blanket application of an herbicide without killing clover. Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas that will help?

  2. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    That goes on the list of funniest customer requests. Why on earth would they want to keep the clover but kill the other weeds?
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  3. OP

    EchoEast LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I was thinking the same thing. They said for the honeybees.
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  4. Dean of Green

    Dean of Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Well clover is a broadleaf, right? I don't think there is a product that would serve this situation.
    Have you considered trying to upsell a flower bed install for the bees and then you could eliminate the clover. Win/win/win(customer,bees,you)
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  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your lack of understanding agronomy should actually go on the Funny list. Clover has been seeded with Grass for many years and adds to turf health and nutrients. Fact is I am seeding a Neighbor's lawn today and I am adding Dutch White Clover to my Sahara Bermuda Seed. This is a utility turf that won't get much fertilizer. BTW Tree Huggier love Clover in Lawns because it help keep it green with out fertilizer.

    Use 2,4-D as your herbicide, it doesn't control clover or have any effect on it.
    Last edited: May 21, 2012
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,727

    C,mon Ric,

    A weed is a weed is a weed and all must be annihilated! :)

    Seriously, clover is making a comeback.
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  7. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just seemed odd to me that someone would want to kill all of the other weeds but keep the clover. Around here everyone wants it gone. Not mention it's a pain in the rear to mow.
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    Nothing Odd Here. Even after I explained Clover helps turf you are missing the point. That is the difference between actually having an education in horticulture and not having any education.

  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    24d is what you need to use...may wilt it a bit but it will be fine.
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  10. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    I read a few articles about it online and I don't disagree that it helps the turf and is a good choice for low maintenance ground cover/turf. I never claimed to have an education in horticulture. All I stated was that based on my experience around here in the suburbs, most people want it gone from their lawns. End of my 2 cents...

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