Ridding Lawn of Clover - Knowledgebase Question

Shippensburg, PA
Question by rce
May 4, 1998
I simply cannot seem to kill the clover in my lawn. I recently applied a Spectracide product, weed killer, which indicated it would kill clover. It seems that the clover did not read the label, as it is very healthy.


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Answer from NGA
May 4, 1998

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Clover is a common perennial weed throughout our great country. Some folks love it - others, like you, wish it would just go peacefully into the night! If herbicides have failed you, try this approach to changing the environment to favor your grass over the clover.

Give your lawn a good feeding in fall with a fertilizer that is relatively high in nitrogen and low in phosphorus to discourage clover growth and increase the turf's ability to compete. This summer, try to shade out the clover by mowing your grass to 3", and make sure the blades are sharp. Stressing the lawn by mowing it low or ripping it with dull mower blades only makes it less competitive with clover, which thrives on low-mowing and low-nitrogen conditions.

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