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Old 04-30-2015, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tn
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We bought our house almost two years ago, so I am still working on the yard. Previous owner did some basic things, but I am working to make it one of the best in the 'hood. I seem to have large patches of clover in the backyard. Is there a direct way to get rid of it? Is there a spray or fertilizer that works better than another? I fertilize in early spring and about mid summer. Aerate early fall and over seed.
By the way, this is Knoxville, east Tennessee if that makes a difference.

Thanks!
Wayne
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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We always had a mix of grass seed and clover when planting lawns. Why would you want to get rid of clover? It's actually good for your lawn.

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Old 04-30-2015, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Clover is great for your soil because the roots add nitrogen!!! Moreover, it only gets about 3-4 inches high so you don't have to mow it if you're lucky enough to get it to spread all over your lawn. Finally, it's much more drought-resistant than turf grass, so when it gets dry in summer, your lawn will still be green even without watering.

Oh, did I mention that bees love the flowers? I never have a problem with my veggies pollinating because my clover apparently attracts all the bees in my neighborhood to my yard.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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You want to buy nitrogen fertilizer and also buy a poison to kill a nitrogen-producing lawn plant?????

Why do you think that makes sense?
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:49 AM
 
Location: between three Great Lakes.
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Leave the clover alone! Honey bees depend on it, as do small white butterflies; both necessary to neighborhood pollination.
Way back when the Scott Poison Company was trying out thier various "fertilizers" they noticed that the result was the death of clover plants. Hey, Scott said, we'll just call it a weed, like we *meant* to kill it. And thus, clover was slandered since the '50s. We know better today. (I hope!)
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: NC
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Maybe if you add more nitrogen fertilizer to the lawn the grasses will be able to over-run the clover. You could do a soil test and see if the soil is somewhat nitrogen poor, which could be giving an advantage to the clover. Just an idea to run by your local expert.
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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I learned something here. Thanks for all the Info about benefits of clovers. The flowers are great source of food for the rabbits as well.
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:07 PM
 
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Leave the clover alone! Honey bees depend on it, as do small white butterflies; both necessary to neighborhood pollination.
Way back when the Scott Poison Company was trying out thier various "fertilizers" they noticed that the result was the death of clover plants. Hey, Scott said, we'll just call it a weed, like we *meant* to kill it. And thus, clover was slandered since the '50s. We know better today. (I hope!)
I know of no weed killer that can be used in lawns that won't kill clover.

" weed"............yes, any plant growing where it is not wanted is a "weed"

Thus, if one desires no clover in their lawn, clover is a weed.

Even corn is a " weed" if it is growing in a soybean field.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:36 PM
 
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Send your clover here! I've been adding clover to our lawn for the last two years, hoping it will spread aggressively. It doesn't have to be fertilized, bees like it (we need the bees for our apple trees), it doesn't need to be mowed much, doesn't need to be super babied with water to germinate and tolerates dog pee and grubs better than grass. Plus, it's pretty, it's fun to lie on the lawn and search for four leaf clovers.
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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After reading about the benefits of Clover I decided not to get rid of all of it. I just have too much.


I tried 2 products. Ortho and RoundUp.


Here is the area I sprayed the Ortho Weed Be Gone Crabgrass Control which says to kill clovers, not grass. It not only took twice as long to finally kill the clover but its leaving a "brownish" mark. May have killed some grass too. This is 2 weeks later.







And here is the area I sprayed the Round-Up Weed killer for lawns. Took 2 days to start noticing the clover kill. After a week they shriveled and died. This is 2 weeks later. Impressive. Just need a little Fall grass overseeding now.


Guess I should of done a before and after pic. Oh well.


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