Friday, January 05, 2007
Killing Clover & Chickweed
White clover can spread like a wildfire, but with a few chemicals it can easily be controlled. White clover is found throughout the United States. It is a shallow rooted winter perennial legume, which spreads by stolons, or above ground runners. The plant takes root from the stolons at nodes along the stems when they come in contact with the soil. The white clover plant has compound leaves divided into three leaflets which are all joined at a central point and originate at the nodes along the stems. White clover is adapted to many soils, but tends to grow best in soils that are moist and low in nitrogen. Clover is frequently a problem in lawns that are closely mowed, and under fertilized. Now that you know the facts, here is how to keep this nasty weed at bay:The first step is to purchase Yardiac.com's Clover Killer. It has a new formulation to control common chickweed, clover, and mouse ear. It will kill the roots, leaving the rest of your lawn in great condition. This chemical is formulated to specifically attack the roots! It is a Post-emergence control for grassy weeds and is safe for lawns. This concentrate and will cover up to 4,800 square feet! The second step is critical for optimal application. Always mix a "Spreader Sticker" with the weed killing chemical. The "spreader sticker" we recommend is called Wilt Pruf. Mixing a spreader sticker (1 oz. per gallon) with a weed killer will ensure the chemical spreads over the entire foliage area and then sticks! As an added benefit, it will keep an application from washing off during an unexpected spring rain storm! Spot treat the areas that are infested. The weed should begin to wilt, and brown, within five days. Spot treat as needed every two weeks until you have killed off that nasty clover! It should not take more than 2-3 applications to wipe out event he most mature clover. A couple of other notes: For best results, apply Clover Killer to the lawn in the morning (after dew has dried) on a sunny, calm day to allow maximum absorption of the weed killer. Higher temperatures result in a quicker uptake of this product for faster control. However, do not apply Crabgrass Killer if temperatures exceed 90 degrees. If daytime temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees, apply the product in early morning when it is cooler.The combination of Clover Killer and Wilt Pruf will take care of your weed problem!