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Mar 20, 2018 3:00 PM CST
Atlanta, GA
I have mainly Bermuda and weeds right now. I would like all clover. If I cut the lawn very low and spread clover seed, will that work?
Thank you,
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Mar 20, 2018 3:21 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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You will have Bermuda, weeds and clover. You may be able to eventually get rid of the weeds, but Bermuda is VERY persistent!
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Mar 20, 2018 3:58 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Wish I could tell you different... anyone that wants to get rid of turf and grow flowers... even clover... totally has my full support!

Burmuda is one of those weeds that are pretty much gonna be there until the end of time, once anyone makes the mistake of planting it.

A few years back, everybody was saying that you could put plastic over it and cook it... I tried... didn't work.

Sad that you waited until Spring to ask about this...
Last Autumn, I would have suggested leaving the tree leaves on top of the existing lawn, and see if that had any effect. the grass is growing now... too late.

Mulching now... just encourages it.

Also...
We plant clover in the Autumn around here... Not sure that clover would have a chance.
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Mar 20, 2018 4:00 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Hi & welcome! The "clover" nickname is applied to so many plants. Did you have a specific one in mind?
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Unfortunately, most of them are only around in the spring, so your lawn area would be naked for most of the year. Does your motivation stem from dislike of mowing?
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Mar 20, 2018 4:05 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Stone, if you want to kill your grass, plastic isn't enough. You can do it with cardboard & a covering of at least 4" of organic matter. Cutting around the edge with shovel at least 4" deep will greatly increase success & speed of smother, and installing a hard barrier around the edge so nothing jumps back in, like bricks or timbers. Overlap the seams very generously, and remove anything on the ground that would puncture the cardboard. Leave it alone for at least 6 months. Uncover small area to test mortality, use area when confident death of grass has been accomplished. This is how I start all of my beds & there is no grass in any. Torpedograss can try to go under, hopefully you don't have that. A barrier that also goes below ground may be necessary for that.
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Mar 20, 2018 10:00 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Tiffany - I think I may give this a try. I had tried cardboard before but not covered it, etc. as you've outlined. So I'd better hurry or wait until fall.
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Mar 21, 2018 12:49 AM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Plastic covering will kill everything EVENTUALLY, And that is the problem. It takes a year.

Another option is that brown paper that comes as packing material. I use that to kill weeds in an area held down with bricks and stones. The good thing is that it decomposes in about a year naturally.
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