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Question: 1347-1416
My daughter has a lot of moss that is growing into her lawn. What can she use to get rid of it? Beverly, Windham, CT

Mort's Answer:
She can apply sour milk for immediate results. Her soil is too acidic for growing grass in that area. For a longer term solution she has to put down hydrated lime in the spring and limestone in the fall at a rate of 200 lbs per 10,000 sq.ft. Rather then risk more remorse, you could remove some of the trees that are providing too much shade. I would suggest using that area to plant a garden of plants that do well in the shade. She can leave the trees and the moss and plant broadleaf evergreens like azalea, rhododendron and laurel. Hosta also loves shade. They all prefer acidic soil. She could learn to love the remorse.

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Question: 1254-2016
We have ajuga all over our three acres of lawn. I have tried all kinds of herbicides. Any recommendations? Beckie, Ledyard, CT

Mort's Answer:
You could learn to love those blue flowers and grow some wild flowers and make it a meadow. There is a systemic herbicide that works well, but it kills everything it touches. That seems like an awesome task with the area you have to cover. Vine-X comes in a squeeze bottle and has to be applied by hand. Reseeding would take place in a few weeks after the ajuga dies.

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Question: 1230-615
Is cat litter good for the lawn? Rodney, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Clumps of urine could burn the grass. It is best added to a compost pile and used for planting shrubs and other plants at a later date. Soils in southeastern Connecticut are very fine and adding sand would help provide some drainage in the lawn. I added cat litter to my rose garden but a feral cat has been supplementing my amendments. I plan on extending the garden to make a bigger corral. I never promised it a rose garden.

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Question: 66-5201
How can I keep clover from my lawn? Trudy, Oakdale, CT

Mort's Answer:
Clover is a beneficial addition to lawns. It has nitrate nodules in the root system that break down to nitrites to provide nitrogen for your lawn. I call clover a martyr grass. When the nitrogen level is sufficient to support the rest of the grasses then the clover will disappear. You can speed the demise of the clover by giving your lawn adequate amounts of chemical fertilizer each year. In the fifties clover was a popular addition to seed mixes for the reason given. It also crowded out the weeds. Personally, I like clover and other flowers in a lawn. You might find a four leaf clover there for good luck.

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Question: 591-3211
We have a lot of clover in the lawn. I fertilize regularly and add lime twice a year. How can I get rid of it? Matt, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
I wish that you could learn to love it. Clover was added to seed mixes in the fifties for low nutrient lawns. It is considered a martyr grass. It takes nitrogen from the air and adds it to the soil. It usually disappears after sufficient nitrogen is applied. Since your water table is so high in the southeast Connecticut area, you may have either draining of the water with the fertilizer or root rot. I do not recommend a herbicide to get rid of it, You can top dress with a blue grass and perennial rye mix. Both grasses require 30 days to germinate. This will take you to September, when the cooler temps will allow for good germination. This should crowd out the clover.

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Question: 1043-4513
How do I get rid of sweet clover in my lawn? Bertha, Cambridge, IL

Mort's Answer:
We are a strong advocate of keeping clover in the lawn. Clover is a martyr grass that will die away when there is sufficient nitrogen in the soil. Since it attracts bees, it is helpful for pollination of flowers in addition to adding nitrogen to the soil. Clover takes nitrogen from the air and breaks down the nitrates in the roots to feed the other grasses. If you give the lawn sufficient fertilizer the clover will disappear. You have an inexpensive source of fertilizer that you could grow to love.

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Question: 454-1716
How can I get rid of Creeping Charlie or some similar weed in the lawn? Shirley, Willimantic, CT

Mort's Answer:
Creeping Charlie and other low lying culprits survive under the cut of the mowers. You could dig out the nemesis by hand. A clam rake or hand claw will soften the soil for extracting but you must immediately sow some annual rye to replace the space. Early applications of corn starch will inhibit seeding of most weeds. It will be too late if the leaves are already out. Corn starch can be used in bare spots but the best remedy is too choke them out with new grass seeds. Annual rye in the spring comes up quickly and perennial rye in the fall will crowd them out, as well. Vine-X is an herbicide that will kill the plants down to the roots. Herbicides should not be used if you have a well or in vegetable gardens.

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