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clover infestation

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Keegan, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 612

    What would cause a lawn that barely had a weed in it over the past 5 years to get an infestation of clover and creeping charlie?
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Open soil...
     
  3. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 940

    Mother Nature
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,725

    Clover produces its own nitrogen--it thrives where the fertility level is low.
    Check that.
    Creeping charlie--don't know. Spreads fast in semi-shade, though.
     
  5. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 940

    and Garden Gnomes
     
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,725

    Also, ignoring it last year. Perennial weeds don't spring up instantly--they creep. You didn't see them last year--because you didn't want to. Deal with them early--before they get out of hand--when the patches of infestation are still small.
     
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,725

    And clover is good for the soil. Clover is a legume. It produces its own nitrogen by fixing it from elemental nitrogen in the air. Good for the soil and the grass. The grass will be greener. The white flowers should appear for only about four weeks when the temperature first hits 80 in the spring. Cut short when the flowers appear, and new ones will return only slowly.
     

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