HOW TO GET RID OF CLOVER IN YOUR LAWN

Clover or White Clover (Trifolium repens) is a persistent broadleaf weed found in many of our lawns.

 

As a professional lawn care company we often get calls from frustrated lawn owners who have attempted some DIY weed killing but just can’t get rid of Clover from their lawns.
Clover is a perennial lawn weed which will flourish and gain strength each year and will eventually choke out the grassed areas in your lawn. Definitely a good reason to get rid of them.

This nuisance weed loves to grow in areas that have compacted soil, poor fertility and low soil pH. Conditions like this make growing a healthy, lush green and weed free lawn much more difficult. It is important to address any issues with your lawn’s condition before managing any type of weed control. Once an inspection of your lawn has been carried out a great lawn care professional will know how to choose the correct herbicide and safely apply it to your lawn. They will use a liquid ‘selective’ broadleaf weed control which will work very well to get rid of Clover in your lawn. The products lawn care professionals use are not readily available to the general public.

Another reason to remove Clover from your lawn is that the flowering weeds will attract many stinging insects which will become a real problem for you and your family, especially if you have allergies to stings. Read more about Anaphylactic Shock here.

As a quality lawn care company we visit thousands of lawns and provide solutions for our customers who want to enjoy the Spring and Summer months relaxing in a garden lawn they will be proud of.

To get a healthy lawn that is weed free you must first tackle the following issues.

 

Poor Fertility: Regular application of the correct, seasonally balanced Fertiliser is essential to maintain the health and appearance of your lawn. Throughout the year your lawn needs different amounts of specific chemical elements as these will assist the various processes that naturally take place within the grass plant. Depending what type of grasses you have growing in your lawn, it will need anywhere from 2 – 4 lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 sq ft.

Fertilisers are added to the soil in order to supplement naturally occurring nutrients and elements which are required to promote the healthy growth of the grass plant. You can read more about Fertilisation here.

Clover thrives in low-fertility soil and you will see your lawn suffer because of this. Prevention is key here. Make sure that you are giving your lawn a fighting chance. We know Fertiliser will not actually kill Clover, but it will make sure your lawn’s grass will grow more aggressively and develop into a lush, green and healthy lawn.

Poor Soil Compaction: Clover likes soil that is compacted. This will cause the good grass plants to thin out and become weak. By carrying out a Core Aeration on your lawn annually along with Top Dressing, it will improve your lawn’s soil structure making it a great environment for lawn grasses but more importantly LESS desirable for weeds such as Clover.

Low Soil pH: When we visit lawns that have been overtaken by Clover, we also find that the soil pH level is too low. Your grass lawn prefers a soil pH that is neutral, around 6.5 – 7.0. By taking a soil test we can tell how to address any deficiencies your soil has and resolve these issues to help your lawn grow thicker and therefore becoming competition for the nuisance Clover plants.

Incorrect Herbicide choices: To make sure you kill off Clover in your garden it is important to use a liquid selective broadleaf weed control. Weed control for Clover that is available to the general public are not always effective and will often be a costly ineffective solution, particularly if you have purchased granular weed control products. The reason for this is that the leaves of Clover plants are very small and it will be difficult to get an adequate amount of granular product on these leaves. By using a great professional lawn care service to treat Clover throughout the year, and each subsequent year, is the most effective way of managing this perennial weed.

There are a few other varieties of broadleaf weeds that are commonly confused with White Clover.

how to get rid of clover in your lawn

 

Red Clover [Trifolium pratense] is a perennial weed found on all types of lawn lawns throughout the UK. The flowers and leaves are larger than those of White Clover and it grows in a more upright position with a strong tap root.

 

The leaves start to grow with green leaf tissue and then turn to a deep red as it matures. The Red clover is more difficult to control and will take repeated efforts throughout the year to reduce it within your lawn.

 

how to get rid of clover in your lawn

Another broadleaf weed commonly mistaken for Clover is Black Medic. An annual weed during the Summer months, with yellow flowers will grow longer stems and spread widely in the lawn. The management of this weed will be very similar but easier to control than that of the White Clover.

By correcting the issues listed above along with proper herbicide selection is strongly recommended for a weed free healthy lawn

 

If you have Clover or other weeds in your lawn we can help. We love lawn care and are happy to discuss any lawn issues you may have and discuss the options available to you. We provide a FREE, no obligation lawn review service. So why not get the lawn you dream of? Contact your Lawnscience local lawn care professional now.

Is DIY lawn care a good idea?

In most gardens the lawn takes up the majority of the space and as most of us take a great deal of pleasure from our gardens, maintaining the look of our lawn is crucial. Thankfully, the work we put into our lawns gives us an almost immediate benefit, not many garden tasks reward us a instantly as seeing the results of a freshly mown lawn on a fine Summers day, but looking after all the needs of a lawn, can be frustrating to say the least. Many of the customers who start our lawn care service tell us they have wasted money, time and effort only to achieve poor results from DIY lawn care.

Regular comments we hear are:

 

“I’m really not sure what the issue is.”
Lawns can be frustrating if you are inexperienced in lawn care. A brown patch could be fertiliser burn, herbicide damage, drought stress, Leatherjacket damage, Chafer Grub damage, Fusarium, Red Thread or a compaction issue. It takes knowledge and experience in order to identify the issue and then prescribe the correct solution. If you are trying to resolve issues with your lawn and you are not sure of the true cause, you will waste time, effort and expense playing a guessing game.

“I don’t seem to be able to buy the professional quality products.”
DIY stores and garden centres sell an extensive range of lawn care products, but these are not the products professional lawn care companies use. All lawn care professionals should have the correct qualifications that enable them to purchase and apply commercial quality products which are far more effective than their DIY counterparts.

“I think that I have killed my lawn”
In lawn care, mistakes can be costly; using a “total” herbicide as opposed to a “selective” herbicide can easily result in your entire lawn being killed. Even using a poorly cleaned sprayer can have the same effect if it contains a small amount of “total” herbicide. Professionals protect against these risks by having separate spraying equipment, but at over £130 a sprayer this is a costly investment……which most house owners are not willing to make.

“I never seem to have the time”
In order to get the best results, timing is critical, which can be frustrating when it rains on the day you have put aside for applying herbicide or similar lawn treatment. A quality lawn care company will always take the risk out of applications by providing a guarantee of quality so you don’t have to worry.

At Lawnscience we are not saying that you cannot create and maintain a really great lawn yourself, but its an awful lot easier and quite often cheaper to let a professional take care of the complicated treatments leaving you more time to enjoy your garden. After all that is what its supposed to be about.

If you would like to free up your time and take the hassle out of looking after your lawn just call us. We will provide you with a FREE survey and consultation in order that you can make the right choice for you.