Clover Root Growth Rate?

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Clover Root Growth Rate?

Postby noisuf » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:41 pm

Hi Everyone,

Newbie here. :)

I have just finished landscaping my garden and can sit back a little, apart from having my water bills soar, watering my lawns twice a day.

I put some Zoysia lawn out the front and Kikuyu out the back. Back to my subject of clovers...

I put in the Zoysia turf and in just over two weeks, I found clovers growing in random areas around the 45m2.

The roots when I picked them out were nearly the width of my 4 fingers.

I'm in Melbourne and the turf came from NSW. I called the suppliers who get it from the growers and they said they have very strict control on weeds, especially considering the interstate supplying.

They said it may have been a bird or neighbours mowing. I was just wondering can clovers grow that quickly in two weeks and establish roots nearly 10cm long?

I will need to manually pull them out for 3 months before being able to use the Yates Bindii and Clover herbicide. :(
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Re: Clover Root Growth Rate?

Postby Pam » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:08 am

Is there any chance they were lying dormant in your ground and are now flourishing because you've disturbed the ground and are applying copious amounts of water? I find it difficult to imagine that it can establish itself and grow so well in just a fortnight otherwise.

In an area where it's particularly bad, would it be an option to carefully lift one of the pieces of turf to see if it's actually rooted in just the turf itself or in the ground below?
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Re: Clover Root Growth Rate?

Postby noisuf » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:30 pm

Thanks for the reply Pam. I made sure the soil was weed free before planting but it's possible something was already there.

The weird part is that the clovers are only appearing in the strips of turf that are establishing well.

I'm now getting clovers in the rear yard in one Kikuyu strip only.

The good thing is, most of the turf front an back cannot be lifted anymore so establishing well. So unfortunately cannot lift to check.

Melbourne is getting a number of days in the 30s coming up so bring on the grass growing.....and unfortunately more weeds. The clovers are so hard to rip up with the roots too.....
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