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Clover

Clovers are very common creeping weeds found in lawns and garden beds.

Identifying

Clovers are extremely common weeds found in gardens throughout New Zealand. Clovers have creeping stems and distinctive leaves which are quite small and slightly notched at the tip. Clover flower heads are often visited by bees. There are several species of clover that can cause problems in lawns including suckling clover and white clover.

You usually find clover in lawns and pastures but they can also spread through garden beds.

Solving

In lawns

Apply a selective herbicide like LawnPro Turfclean  or LawnPro Prickle Control. They will effectively kill clover but leave the lawn grass unaffected.

> For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing.

In garden beds

> Use Weed Weapon Extra Strength to kill off the top growth. It controls clover within 7-10 days and is an ideal product for use around established trees and shrubs. It is inactive in the soil so planting can be safely carried out soon after treatment.

> If you wish to more effectively prevent regrowth, apply Weed Weapon Preventer  granules. This is a selective pre-emergent herbicide which penetrates deep into the soil so do not plant seeds or sensitive plants into treated soil within 3 months of application.

> For a fast acting organic solution use Kiwicare Organic Weedfree Rapid.

> For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing.

In Paths and Driveways

For long term control on paths and driveways use Kiwicare Weed Weapon Long Term . This will kill a wide range of weeds and prevent regrowth for up to 12 months.

> For a fast acting organic solution use Kiwicare Organic Weedfree Rapid.

> For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing.

Did you know

Clover roots contain nodules in which are a symbiotic Rhizobium bacteria are able to fix atmospheric nitrogen and make it available to the plants. Farmers may encourage clovers in pastures to increase nitrogen levels in the soil and reduce the need for application of nitrogen fertilisers. The loss of bee numbers due to varroa mite and other bee diseases is of concern because bees pollinate the clover. If clover is not pollinated it will not spread in pasture and more nitrogen fertiliser would be required to keep up production and there would be a sizable financial and ecological cost.

Clovers or trefoil, are members of the genus Fabaceae. About 300 species of clover plants are in the leguminous pea family.

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