Clover may be a lucky charm, but you may not be so lucky to have it infest your lawn. Clover is a common lawn-weed and as far as weeds go on the ease-of-eradication-scale; clover is fairly simple to control in most cases. There are a number of broadleaf weed and clover specific selective weed sprays on the market that will do the job relatively quickly, but in many cases some attention to a higher nitrogen fertiliser program will more than likely prove just as effective.
Clover is one of those legume plants, like beans and lucerne or alfalfa, that actually draws nitrogen from the air and stores it in its roots. As the roots die back, the nitrogen is replenished into the soil but where there is sufficient nitrogen in your soil to keep your lawn healthy, the clover struggles to survive. In most cases when you see clover growing in your lawn it means that there isn’t enough nitrogen. Lawns love nitrogen, while clover hates it, so increasing the fertiliser on your lawn is a must if you want to send a clear message of clearing your lawn. Use what they call a high NPK fertiliser, one that has high levels of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium – something like the fertilisers available from Lawn Solutions Australia.
Read the label for the best advice for the rate you should apply and be sure to water-in well after spreading on your lawn and following one or more applications your lawn should look in great condition with less clover content. Keeping your lawn’s nitrogen levels in check by fertilising it will prevent clover from coming back. Some people chose to live with a smattering of clover in their lawn, and depending on your grass type, the two may co-exist without being too much of an eyesore. Mowing the clover back will help keep it under control to some degree, but won’t prevent it from coming back. Clover has no issues with being mowed nice and short, but your grass doesn’t love it. Cutting your lawn short will be appreciated by the clover, but will stress out your grass.
So, mowing high will give your lawn a leg-up on the clover. ‘Good luck’ with these tips on getting rid of your clover, if that’s what you choose to do! Lawncare doesn’t need to be difficult and simple hints from Lawn Solutions Australia and their network of member turf growers and Lawn Solutions Centres Australia-wide can help with products to keep your lawn in top condition this summer.