Clover Control - Knowledgebase Question

Royal Oaks, Ca
Question by margesm
December 10, 2009
What is the best way to control the spread of clover? We prefer non-chemicals, or more natural for fear of getting into our well water. We have 2 acres of sandy soil and at one time had no cloves...now they are spreading to 1/3 of our property. We live in the Monterey Bay area of CA.


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Answer from NGA
December 10, 2009

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Clovers are relatively easy to control by hand-pulling, cultivating bare soil, and by applying mulch to keep seeds from sprouting. In large, landscaped areas herbicides may also be necessary. Once clovers are controlled, change cultural practices in the landscape and turfgrass to reduce the chance of reinfestation. Lawns with clover usually indicate a need for nitrogen fertilizer so put your turf on a regular feeding schedule to help it grow thick enough to crowd out clover in the future.

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