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#1 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted June 24, 2016 - 08:33 AM

I didn't want to hack Chieffan's thread about clover but I've got to do something. This is our second summer here in the country. I don't need an imaculate yard but I would love to see more grass vs clover. We have a little over an acre I mow as our yard. I have about another acre near the house I cut that's field grass going in & around the woods & it has more grass than the yard.

I'm thinking seed heavily this fall then weed kill come spring. My fear is if the seed doesn't germinate well I'm going to have nothing but dirt...heavy clay in our area. I know this is kind of early to worry about but I found out quick living in the country is about preparation. Any comments or suggestions please.

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Posted June 24, 2016 - 08:41 AM

Wish my yard had clover. All I have is sand spurs


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 08:50 AM

I try to keep my clover healthy. I don't mow for most of June so that the clover can feed the bees and  go to seed. Since clover enrichens the soil, why would you want to get rid of it? Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Good point guys. I just spent some time reading about clover with its advantages. I might just leave it as is & just spot treat the other weeds. By cutting lower this year I gave the clover the advantage over the grass & it got choked out. I have always used grass clippings in the garden & compost so now another advantage with mostly clover.
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Posted June 24, 2016 - 11:12 AM

yes, clover is good for the bees and soil, but this time of year it grows twice as fast as the grass and goes to seed or "blooms" depending on your perspective. I dont mind the green stuff, but when it looks like a popcorn train derailed in your yard and you have to scrape the mower deck every 15 minutes to keep the chute from plugging up, you need to do something about it. A good liquid weed and feed (2-4-D and 20-0-0) will get rid of it after a few applications. It is probably too hot right now to put that stuff on. It needs to be done in the spring. I hate to spend $400 a year to get rid of the clover and end up mowing twice as often, but that is what the yard needs. The clover takes over because the grass is hungry and the soil is low in nitrogen.


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 12:42 PM

I prefer not to see any clover in the lawn. I don't want bees in the yard due to youngsters around. I figure the bees can feed in the fields and orchards. I want to start spraying to kill it off.
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Posted June 24, 2016 - 01:42 PM

In my area the honey bees are almost gone. 15 years ago there would be dozens of honey bees on the clover in my south yard. A few days ago I only counted 3 bees. Alot of plants count on the bees for pollenation. I just wait for the clover to have gone to seed before mowing. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 03:13 PM

I just planted my whole usable (The part of the land we upkeep)area of land in clover and wild flowers..its beautiful in my opinion and next to no maintenance.Had it this way for years but when we got the new house the dozier did a job on it..so its time to start over.


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 03:56 PM

What eats clover besides bees?



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Posted June 24, 2016 - 04:52 PM

What eats clover besides bees?

Rabbits,horses,cows,pigs,goats........


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 05:00 PM

I thin mine down with "Weed-B-Gone" when it gets too thick!


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 05:26 PM

What eats clover besides bees?

Anyone can Its. a good source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine and vitamin C.


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 06:06 PM

Anyone can Its. a good source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine and vitamin C.

Yummy! Salad time!


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Posted June 24, 2016 - 06:06 PM

So, goats, rabbits and children should be on sawdust's short list of possible cures for excess herbage. Moving on to other problems. . . . .


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Posted July 03, 2016 - 08:49 AM

A friend of mine has a neighbor that is a horticulturest. His advice was to not get rid of it at once. Heavily seed grass in fall & mid spring during our rainy seasons. This will gradually choke out the clover while not leaving a lot of bare spots. Thanks again everyone for your comments.
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