I know some folks use this as a cover crop, but in my little backyard veggie plot, I've been trying to keep veggies going all winter. Looks like clover is taking over everything: yard, garden...smothering seedlings. I don't know what type of clover it is, only that it loves my yard. ;)
Should I give up and till everything under at once come spring? Any words of advice?
I would say till it , It will not bother the clover and will add Nitrogen and organic material. Only you realize the clover 'will be back"".
Only in the meantime you will not have to be worried about the clover "smothering" any of your new seedlings
Some, I start inside in pots, some (whatever I have room for) in the aerogarden), and some that say "direct sow" head outside for either the greens or to try to choke out the weeds. The clover just keep popping up every darn where.
Weed type clovers are invasive species that are difficult to eradicate. If you till them you will break up the runners and create a much larger problem. You will be propagating them. I recommend using a bow rake over the surface and shallow soil to remove as much as possible and till before planting. They really take off in cool, wet weather so you don't want to till them until right before you plant. Burying them does not necessarily get rid of them.
ah, thanks, MaypopLaurel - we so rarely have the cold, wet weather we've been having here, I imagine with a good blast of heat they'll run away. In the meantime, I've been trying to pluck the biggest ones out and smother the rest with mulch. In the yard, I don't mind them at all, really, but they need to stop flowing over into my garden bed! :)
I don't mind it in my yard, but it's getting into all the seedlings and even is taking over my little patch of strawberries. Every morning, the whole garden bed is carpeted with them again. They're like something out of a fairy tale.
I'm still intrigued by the purple- would love pix, tho i think you mean a horror story from the description. Reminds me more of henbit- wild verbena - than a clover except for the 2" leaves. A pre emergent might have worked back in say, Jan
If I look at it more closely, it may be another flowery weed growing as a partner with the clover, but when I pull them up, it comes up together. I'm new to this garden as of September, so it's all new to me. One photo is of it trying to overtake my collards, the other is what I just pulled up out of my roses.
There's all sorts of things popping up in the yard after the rain. Welcome to the sub-tropics!
Our neighborhood also took on 11.5 feet of water during Katrina, so all sorts of weird things are growing here - we're right by Bayou St. John.
Nola, for help with your weed, send an email with a picture to Dan Gill with the LA Ag Service. DGill@agcenter.lsu.edu This guy is wonderful with helping all sorts of gardening problems in Louisiana. So nice & friendly. He's been a resource of mine for the past 20 years. He's the guy who writes the gardening column in the newspaper & has the Saturday morning talk show on WWL.