Q: Our problem (or my husband’s problem) is the white clover in our two-acre fescue lawn. This is the first time in years that we haven’t fertilized our yard. This year clover is completely outta control.
A: My guess is that the fescue was a bit thin from not fertilizing, which allowed more clover seed to germinate. Remember that vigorously growing turfgrass is always the best weed control. Any broadleafed weed killer will control clover, but remember that clover plants can supply up to a third of the nitrogen a lawn needs. Clover also attracts honeybees, which are in short supply for gardeners who depend on them for pollination. Consider mowing regularly to keep clover flowers from forming and fertilizing the fescue in Sept, Nov, Feb and April.