Clover in my lawns

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by donwhoolery, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. donwhoolery

    donwhoolery LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    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
  2. Sandgropher

    Sandgropher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    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.
  3. JWTurfguy

    JWTurfguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    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.


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