Fight clover in the lawn


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When Klee spreads through the carefully groomed lawn, this does not trigger happiness among the least hobby gardeners. Especially young parents are not good at the grass weed, because the nectar-rich white flowers attract many bees and bumblebees. If then the children romp barefoot on the lawn, this often ends with painful insect bites.
The white clover (Trifolium pratense) is the most common weed in our latitudes. He is perfectly adapted to the life in the lawn with his stocky, carpet-like growth, because he stays so small that the blades of the lawn mower usually do not catch him. And once he has conquered a small gap in the lawn, he is hardly to stop: He spreads over short foothills and displaced with his broad leaves sooner or later the turf grasses needing light. He also has the great advantage that he produces his own nitrogen fertilizer thanks to a symbiosis with nodule bacteria. If turf grasses are not supplied with similar nutrients through regular fertilization, they will not withstand the pressure of competition.

Prevent clover in the lawn

With a professional lawn care can be largely prevent Klee settles in the lawn. First, it is important when sowing the lawn, that you choose a high-quality seed mixture. Only specially bred turf grasses, such as those found in the turf mixtures of brand manufacturers such as Wolf or Compo, form such a thick turf that they barely give the clover a chance to gain a foothold. On the other hand, low-priced mixtures such as the "Berlin Tiergarten" contain inexpensive forage grasses that are trimmed to rapid biomass growth instead of dense growth. Such areas not only produce a lot of grass clippings, but are often interspersed with a variety of lawn weeds after only a few years.
If you have used a high-quality mixture and prepared the soil optimally, it comes mainly to a good nutrient supply with lawn-long-term fertilizers, regular mowing and dryness on timely watering in the care.

Scarify or cut out clover nests

If the clover has settled in the lawn due to care mistakes, it can be pushed back well with a hand scarifier. The clover nests are deeply scarred in longitudinal and transverse paths, removing as many root sections as possible from the clover.

Scarify the lawn

With a Handvertikutierer you can keep the clover in check

A bit more laborious but also more thorough is the flat cutting out with the spade. In order to do this, you first surround the entire surface, flatly remove the clover sods together with the root system and discard them on the compost. Then you fill up the resulting depressions with topsoil and compacted it easily.
In both cases, seeds are sown with fresh lawn seeds, covered with humus-rich soil and kept until the germination of grasses well wet. Once the young grasses have accumulated, the entire lawn is fertilized. The ideal time for this method is early autumn, when the soil is still warm and moist, but the clover does not grow so much.

Cover clover

A convenient but tedious method is to cover the clover-infiltrated lawn areas. It is best to use a black mulch foil and complain the edges, so they can not blow up. It takes about two months for the plants to arrive for lack of light. After removing the foil, the soil is chopped again, slightly solidified and then sown with fresh seed.

Flowering clover attracts insects

The flowers of the white clover attract many bees

Do without lawn herbicides

There are selective, so-called lawn herbicides that only eliminate the weeds and have no effect on the grasses. However, we advise against the use of such funds. On the one hand, it remains without pure control of the causes of clover growth in pure cosmetics, on the other hand, the preparations against rhizome-forming Rasenunkräuter as the white clover not very good. As they are absorbed by the leaves, it should be as warm and dry as possible during and after application. If you apply lawn herbicides during periods of drought, it is advisable to water the lawn well a few hours before.

Microclover instead of grass

Clover has the advantage over turf grass that it stays green for a long time even when it is dry and does not need much nutrients. Resourceful seed farmers from Denmark have therefore developed a small-leaved, sterile strain called Microclover from native white clover and seeded it as a mixture with conventional turf grasses. The result: A lush green, hard-packed lawn that rarely needs to be mown and hardly fertilized or watered.

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