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Clover turning odd colors

 
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Perhaps this is normal, and I just never noticed it....
The clover in the yard here is starting to turn colors, patterning interesting, from the tips inward. Is this normal? If not, what does it mean?

 
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Are you sure that at some time in the past a fertilizer with herbicide in it was not applied to this ground?
 
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Hans Quistorff wrote:Are you sure that at some time in the past a fertilizer with herbicide in it was not applied to this ground?


I have no clue. It's a rental. It was green for months, just started turning, and not all of it, jut a few, in some areas only.
 
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I set a 2 day wait on this before I answered. So On second thought I went out on the mowed part of my meadow to see if could find something like it.
I found 2 things had to be in place. (1) the clover leaves are bruised but not cut by the lawn mower; the cut ones have a jagged brown edge that is narrower.
(2) the clover has to be crowded by something that is growing faster and shading or starving it  In your case the grass. In my case it was dandelions. In most cases it was the clover that had the stronger root power and stressing the grass.  
 
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I remember learning about this a long time ago.
K deficiency sprung to mind but the link may be more informative than I.

http://customers.hbci.com/~wenonah/min-def/clover.htm
 
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Hans Quistorff wrote:
(1) the clover leaves are bruised but not cut by the lawn mower; the cut ones have a jagged brown edge that is narrower.


Hm. Wonder if foot traffic is enough? All of it I've noticed gets stepped on.

(2) the clover has to be crowded by something that is growing faster and shading or starving it  In your case the grass. In my case it was dandelions. In most cases it was the clover that had the stronger root power and stressing the grass.  


There IS a lot of crowding going on. I'm avoiding mowing here for several reasons, and it HAS gotten thick in the back... So shaded, competing etc, are all VERY likely.

Thank you! That makes the most sense so far!! That matches what I see.
 
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Drew Moffatt wrote: the link may be more informative than I.


NICE link!! I didn't see this pattern on there, but I bookmarked the link, what an awesome resource! THANK YOU!! :D
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