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Question: ihave a small arden in the front of my home tat is filled with three leaf clovers and no grass. what is the low mainteance and inexpensive way to deal with it. mulch or what? please help

Answer: If you layer mulch over top of the clover, it will probably grow back up through the mulch. You would also need to replenish the mulch on a regular basis because it breaks down over time. However, you could remove the clover using an herbicide containing glyphosate (read and follow all label directions) and then plant a groundcover such as English ivy or Vinca minor. These are sold as small inexpensive starter plants in the spring, plant them about a foot apart for fairly fast coverage. Mulch in between the plants to keep weeds down and help feed the soil. When the groundcover grows into a solid covering, the only maintenance would be to remove any matting fallen tree leaves in the fall.

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