Need help identifying a weed and how to treat it

brieninsacMarch 22, 2012

I have a small area of my lawn that is being invaded by a weed from my neighbor. It appears to be some sort of clove. Can anyone tell what it is from the picture and know how I can stop it from continuing to spread?

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That's clover. Weed B Gone Clover, Chickweed and Oxalis killer will take that out in two applications max. Just make sure your grass will tolerate that herbicide, looks like you have a cool season grass, which should be fine.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 6:49PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Yes that is classic Dutch white clover. Prior to modern herbicides, this was included in every lawn seed mix. I'm trying to decide where to buy some clover seed right now for out by the street.

Clover is usually an indicator plant. It like to grow in infertile soil. Have you been keeping up with fertilizer?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 12:33AM
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I do fertilize every 3 months and did so about 1-2 months ago. I'll definitely look into the suggestions to kill of the clover. Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 11:34AM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Good job with the fertilizer Brieninsac. Maybe there is a new strain of fertilizer-resistant clover? Seriously, clover is a plant that brings it's own fertilizer into play. There is a bacterium that lives on the roots of the clover plant. That bacterium is said to "fix" nitrogen from the air and convert it into useable fertilizer for the plant. This is why clover can move into an infertile field. Cool thing is there is always some fertilizer left over after the clover gets what it needs. If you have full coverage of clover in your lawn, you probably won't need to fertilize it.

There used to be a guy here on GW that managed two golf courses. He let the clover come in and stopped fertilizing. Everything was great! There were a few special circumstances that made his golf courses different, but in general, clover did its job. Your clover is a straggler.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 1:40PM
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So you're saying clover is good? I didn't know that. Why do they make clover weed killer if it's good? Will it always be present or will it get squeezed out by the grass? Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 5:00PM
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