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.

HOW TO GET RID OF DANDELIONS IN YOUR LAWN

When it comes to controlling and killing weeds in your lawn, Dandelions are certainly one of the most troublesome for gardeners who are trying to achieve the perfect lawn.  As a professional lawn care company our phones start ringing furiously in April, as lawn owners are looking for solutions to kill off the nuisance dandelions in their lawns.

A common perennial weed, the Dandelion (Taraxacum) can be found virtually anywhere in your garden in the Spring and Autumn.

Hard surfaces and grassed areas cannot escape these nuisance weeds.

 

After the Dandelion plant flowers, each bud will begin to develop seeds that are dispersed in the wind, by the much recognised hair-like and fluffly structures. Not only will the Dandelion propagate by sending seeds into the air, but they have a large rooting system that can grow up to 10 inches deep into the soil.

Dandelion seedsSuch a deep root makes the Dandelion difficult to control as it is capable of growing almost anywhere and is extremely resilient to all sorts of conditions.

When attempts are made to remove the root it is often simply broken off and each remaining part of the root will then send up to five new shoots which develop into new plants.  Gardeners often underestimate the time and effort it takes to control this weed.

As lawn care professionals we understand weed control.  Once we have identified the weed problems in a lawn, we apply a thorough application of liquid, selective herbicide, or weed killer, which will be effective in controlling the existing dandelions in your lawn.

As part of weed control it is important to apply herbicides safely and just as importantly at the right time.  In this case it is when plants are actively growing. If weed killers are applied in the wrong conditions you will simply be fighting a losing battle.

Part of controlling Dandelions and other weeds in your lawn is taking a look at your lawns condition.  A lawn that is in poor condition, thin grass roots and patchy areas, will always be more susceptible to weeds taking over.  Areas of your lawn that are thin or close to pavement edges will be more prone to weeds such as Dandelions, as these areas dry out more quickly, creating an ideal location for weed seeds to germinate.

If your lawn is thick, lush and healthy it will substantially reduce weed growth, in turn reducing the need for applications of herbicides.

Get proactive when it comes to controlling Dandelions and other weeds in your lawn. A good lawn care programme…… by a great lawn care company will include Aeration, Fertilisation and Over-seeding, which will get your lawn on its way to looking lush green, healthy and weed free…..especially those nuisance Dandelions.

Get Dandelion free this Spring

 

If you are frustrated with Dandelions or other lawn issues why not give us a call.  One of our local lawn care professionals will visit your lawn offering a FREE, no obligation lawn review service. As part of this they will inspect your lawn’s condition and identify any issues it may have and provide a fully costed solution for you to consider.

KILLING LAWN WEEDS

Some weeds just keep showing up where they are not wanted. Have you been trying to kill weeds in your lawn only to see them creeping back up again? Frustrating isn’t it? As lawn care professionals we definitely understand that some weeds are not so easy to get rid of than others and they require more effort and sometimes a Specialist is needed.

Killing weeds in your lawn is not quite as easy as spraying an herbicide and hoping for the best. To keep weeds out of your lawn needs to start with the health of your grass roots. A good lawn care programme which deals with soil condition, fertilisation, lawn disease and insect problems will get your lawn looking lush green, healthy and very importantly WEED FREE.

At Lawnscience we do all of this and more.

 

We see a wide variety of lawn weeds and we know how much of a nuisance they can be for garden owners. Over the years Lawn Weeds have developed a number of natural strategies enabling them to resist control within your lawn’s environment.

Greater Plintain weed in lawnCertain weeds, such as the Greater Plantain (Plantago major), keep their leaves close to the ground in order that they can survive regular close mowing.

 

 

 

 

Lawn Weed YarrowOther varieties, such as Yarrow (Achilliea millefolium), have developed underground runners that allow the plant to spread quickly.

 

 

 

Another common creeping broadleaf weed we find in lawns:

Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense)

A common weed and a real problem for your lawn. Especially problematic in freshly seeded lawns and those that have creeping thistle weed in lawnexisting bare patches. Its spiky leaves make it very uncomfortable to walk or sit on your garden lawn.

 

 

 

No matter what type of weed creeps up in your lawn, the way to get rid of them is more or less the same. Weeds may take repeated applications of different kinds of weed control throughout the year. Each application will help to weaken plants and knock them back a little each time. The milder weather is ideal for applying weed killer.

A good lawn care company will know the best products available and will apply them at the right time of the year to be most effective. The products a professional lawn care company use are not readily available at your local DIY store or Garden Centre. Our lawn care professionals are fully trained to safely apply herbicides and will know when to apply them.

Once weeds have been killed off in your lawn it may not look as lush green and healthy as you would like it. Your lawn care company will take care of these issues and advise you of the best solutions available, such as over-seeding.

If you are not sure how to tackle Weeds or they are becoming overwhelming for you and your lawn…….let us know. We love lawn care and our fully trained professionals will visit you and your lawn providing a FREE On-Site lawn review service. Don’t hesitate contact us now.