Got a clover problem in your lawn?
Today’s blog is dedicated to helping you eradicate this not-so-lucky weed!
As far as weeds go, clover is not the biggest enemy in your green space and can be easily managed in most cases.
Clover is a legume plant, much like beans, lucerne or alfalfa, that actually draws nitrogen from the air, which it stores in its roots. In most cases when you see clover growing in your lawn it means that there isn’t enough nitrogen, therefore keeping your lawn’s nutrient and nitrogen levels at the right rate will help reduce clover taking over,
It’s a common lawn weed and in some parts of the country, clover is intentionally added to lawns to assist with drought.
Some lawn lovers chose to live with a scattering of clover in their lawn, and depending on your grass type, the two may co-exist without being too much of an issue.
How to manage your clover?
Mowing your lawn nice and short appears to be a handy way to combat clover and will keep it under control (or trimmed) to a certain degree, however it won’t prevent it from growing back and could also damage your lawn.
Essentially your lawn won’t love being cut nice and short and could become stressed in the process; and no one wants a stressed out lawn!
In addition, clover has no issues with being mowed short and could continue to thrive, which is not want you want.
Spraying is an option we also recommend and there are a number of broadleaf weed and clover specific sprays on the market that will stop this not-so-lucky charm in its tracks.
However, the best way to manage clover is to look at your nitrogen levels and consider a higher nitrogen fertiliser program to effectively deal with any issues in your lawn.
Specifically, a thorough spray treatment will kill off the clover roots and the nitrogen is replenished back into the soil. Your lawn will love this boost of nitrogen, which helps to keep it healthy, however the clover will struggle to survive. We call that a win, win!
Put simply lawns love nitrogen, while the clover hates it, so reaching for a good quality fertiliser is a must if you want to send a clear message to the pesky clover.
We recommend you use a high NPK fertiliser and one that has high levels of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and you can find links to these products on our lawn aftercare page here.
Just remember to always read the label for the best advice on application rates and be sure to water-in well after spreading on your lawn. We guarantee that after one or more applications your lawn should look in great condition, with significantly less clover action.
Here at Coolabah Turf we are all about helpful tips and simple solutions, and we aim to provide you with the tools and knowledge to ensure your lawn is looking its best all year round.
For more information on the best lawn aftercare products for clover visit our Coolabah Turf website here.
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