Large Hop Clover, also commonly known as Field Clover and Pinnate Hop Clovers, is a winter annual weed. It is frequently found in lawns, gardens and any disturbed sites: waste areas, abandoned or fallow farmland, pastures, open woods, and along roadsides. Trifolium campestre is found throughout much of the continental United States.
Identifying Large Hop Clover -
Large Hop Clover can be identified by its hairy, branched stems that are green or reddish green in color. Its leaves are hairless, growing alternate and trifoliate with long. Each leaf consists of three leaflets that are toothed from mid-blade to the tip.
In bloom, it features bright yellow flowers growing in loose clusters on long stalks that are attached at the leaf axils.
Large Hop Clover Control -
Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Large Hop Clover by creating dense turf, which inhibits the weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) can be effective, although you will run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn.
Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Large Hop Clover in your lawn, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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