Clover in our lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Monroe, wa
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Question by senya
June 12, 2007
Our yard is covered with white clover. I was wondering what we should use to eliminate them? We also planted some apple and peach trees in our yard. If we use fertilizer or weed killer will it contaminate the fruit? Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 12, 2007
There are a couple of things you can do to eliminate clover in your lawn:
Clover does especially well in moist conditions and in less than optimally fertile soil. The one nutrient it really goes for is phosphorous. So if you cut back on the water and up the level of the nutrients, other than phosphorous, that your lawn needs to thrive, your lawn will do better and weeds like clover will do worse. The best defense against any weed, clover included, is a healthy lawn. To know just what kinds of nutrients to add to your lawn, get your soil tested.

Or, you can use chemical weed control. Post-emergent herbicides do a great job on clover. A weed-and-feed that lists clover as among its targets will help tackle any serious clover encroachments.

If you'd rather not use chemicals, you can resort to hand digging. Clover has a taproot you can easily dig out by hand. For spot control a little spade action is hard to beat.

Weed and Feed products should not contaminate the fruit on your trees, but you can read the label thoroughly and contact the manufacturer if you still have questions.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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