Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Thursday, June 17, 2010


White clover is a shallow rooted perennial legume ... and you may have noticed it on both golf courses.

White clover flowers are visible in summer and it often appears that clover is taking over. As a nitrogen-producing legume, (legumes like peas, can "fix" nitrogen directly from the atmosphere or soil, meaning it can convert nitrogen into ammonia) clover proliferates on golf courses that are on a low Nitrogen regime.

Regular fertilization, especially fall nitrogen applications can help reduce clover by making the surrounding turf healthier and more competitive.

Herbicides with 2, 4-D, dicamba and MCPP provide good control and are most effective against clover when applied in the fall.

As always, healthy turf is the best preventive measure against weeds like clover.

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