No doubt you’ve worked hard to maintain your turf, only to see a sea of invaders appear – so how do you get rid of clover from your lawn?
While certainly not considered to be the worst variety of weeds found in many Aussie gardens, clover can actually prove to be beneficial in some scenarios. This plant variety brings a boost of nitrogen to the soil, and both fertilizes and encourages grass growth when it inevitably decomposes. It can also help to improve drought resistance.
Some grass blends can even include forms of micro-clover, as the nutrients can give most lawns a welcome boost. All the same, the crop of little white flowers generally aren’t appreciated if they are interrupting a well manicured field of green, and most of us simply opt to mow over the top layer of clover as a “quick fix”.
What Is Clover?
A relatively common weed found in Australia, clover possesses the easily recognisable three green serrated leaves, topped by white, ball-shaped flowers and creeping stems.
Just like lucerne, beans or alfalfa, clover is actually a legume plant that draws nitrogen from the air in the atmosphere, and stores it in its root systems. When comfortable in its environment, clover spreads rapidly through lawns via stems attached to the soil, which in turn grow into new plants. Germinating in winter, it will grow like wildfire when soil temperatures are mild with plenty of sunlight in Spring.
The thing to remember about clover is that if you do have a large crop making itself at home in your lawn – do keep in mind that it might be the lesser of two evils, as clover actually prevents an infestation of other weeds that may be considered “worse” or more corrosive. Some farmers also consciously introduce clover to their fields, as they can assist in protecting land against drought.
How To Get Rid Of Clover From Your Lawn Or Backyard
When it comes to banishing a clover invasion from your home and garden, it’s important not to automatically turn to harsh herbicides or weed killers, as this can significantly damage the lawn that you’ve worked so hard to maintain and keep green. Instead, we’ll get back to basics and think about what clover actually likes (or dislikes) in order to thrive.
What allows a clover patch to truly thrive in a lawn, is a lack of nitrogen. It can quickly provide a symbiotic relationship with the grass, as it absorbs nitrogen from the air and distributes it to the rest of the lawn (without absorbing any itself). However, the good news is that clover actually despises medium to high levels of nitrogen, so you can ward this weed off by providing your lawn with regular doses of fertiliser.
If you’re cautious about introducing foreign substances into your herb, then thankfully there is a natural solution when it comes to knowing how to get rid of clover from your lawn. BioticBooster is a garden probiotic, and has millions of microorganisms in each bottle including humics, fulvic humus and seaweed extract – all of which are working to improve the natural qualities of your soil. Regular application can not only lift the nitrogen level of the lawn soil, but also provide other nutrients to keep it in tip top shape.
What To Do If Clover Still Won’t Budge
In the event that you have a larger infestation of clover, then it may be time to upgrade to a weed killer. If you don’t want to run the risk of burning or damaging patches in the lawn, then a natural option that’s family and pet friendly is glyphosate-free Bioweed.
If organic garden solutions are something that you would like to explore further, please get in touch with the team at Bioweed today.