You Bet Your Garden

Let clover take over!

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October 20, 2012 — Many people think of clover as a lawn weed, but a surprising number welcome the white flowered plant into their turf — and some want a purely clover lawn! Mike McGrath reveals what it takes to be the King or Queen of clover. Plus your fabulous phone calls!

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Question of the Week

We’re trying to establish Dutch White clover as a lawn. It’s taking a while (and summer wasn’t the smartest time to plant, but keeping the soil moist has helped a lot). The problem is that it’s getting overrun with weeds, which we diligently pull; but I’d have to quit my job to really keep things under control! The sassy guy in the garden center at Lowes said that tilling just makes weed problems worse, and that any pre-emergent weed killer will “salt the earth” and prevent us from growing anything for a year or more. He was right about the tilling, but we need a way to kill the weeds before they sprout that will still allow our clover to grow from seed. Get the answer »

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