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Re: conditions
  • Subject: Re: conditions
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 18:05:20 -0500

Hmm, that's (lack of fertilizer) what I'd heard about violets, not clover.
I fertilize once a year in the early fall with an organic lawn fertilizer. Has to go on early because it takes longer than chemicals to get taken up. And I mulch-mow. So between those 2 things and all the lightning we get, I think it gets all the N it needs.

The white-dutch - clover started small, quite a few years ago. Over time it's taking just too big an area. I have a small lot, most of which has been turned into beds, but I do want to keep a few small areas of grass. It doesn't have to be perfect, but I don't want tit to become all clover.

W be G seems to be working.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zemuly@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2010 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] conditions

Kitty, it is my understanding that clover is the result of a wet spring and
failure to fertilize.  It is nature's way of adding nitrogen to the soil.
I never get around to doing anything on time so my yard is full of clover --
and bees.
zone 7
West TN

----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2010 10:48 AM
Subject: [CHAT] conditions

It's either Mama Bear or Papa Bear around here; never seems to be Baby
Bear's turn.

I don't mind clover in a lawn and don't bother doing anything about it
until it reaches threatening levels.  If it looks like it's going to take
over and destroy the lawn, a little weed b gone does the trick, though
with clover it usually takes 2 apps.   I've had a patch in the back yard
slowly spreading the past few years and I knew I'd have to do something
this year.  This spring, it suddenly pulled out all the stops and grew
with a vengence. Instead of hugging the ground, it was leaping a foot high (only a slight exaggeration) with leaves 5 x (no exaggeration) the normal
size.  It's time.  It's been time for months now.

This area is in a direct line of travel from the backyard to the front.
In April I'm traipsing thru there too much to be spraying it.  In May, it
rained (can't spray if it will rain the next day) until toward the end of
the month when it suddenly turned 90 degrees (can't spray over 85)  The
heat came down again, but only because it rained again.  But now it's in
the 70s and the rain is past us, so I can spray - except that it is so
windy, I don't dare.  With all the moisture it just keeps growing so I
have to mow, knowing I'd rather have it longish to grab more herbicide.
It's June now and I've read that it's going to be a hot summer.  How soon
will the 90s return?

So what would you do?  This is a tough area to maneuver around, but I can
do it.  It's just the damned "conditions".

neIN, Zone 5
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