Clovers - Knowledgebase Question

Detroit, MI
Question by redlocks50
June 1, 2007
How do I get rid of the little white clovers in my grass


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Answer from NGA
June 1, 2007

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The most effective method of controlling clovers is to maintain a dense and healthy turf area. Often weeds can be easily kept out if the Ph and nutrients levels are optimum. Then a cornmeal application can be use to control the weeds. Use 10 pounds per 1,000 sq ft every 120 days simply as a fertilizer as well.

Mowing height and the frequency of mowing also will deter these weeds. These methods are by far the best way to keep clovers from invading your garden.

Pulling weeds by hand also works in small lawns, but chemical control is sometimes necessary especially when managing large areas. Always read and follow directions on label and keep pets and children away. For broadleaf weeds such as clover use a mixture containing the phenoxy-type herbicide, 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba salt (Trimec, found in Weed-No-More) and apply in early fall.

Beware dicamba can damage tree and shrub roots so apply carefully. Bindi weed killer has also been know provide a great method of killing clover in the Lawn.

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