How can i restore my lawns grass and eliminate the clovers that are taking over?

After my sprinkler system was speaerd by a lawn dart and didnt get fixed for some time, my once beutiful grass has been taken over by clovers and has thinned out. How can i fix it to beautiful florida st augustine grass? Is there a grass that is so pervasive that it cant be stopped but still looks nice? I have a sheep and she is a voracious eater of the grass.  I want something that looks nice, doesnt need much care apart from mowing... and if possible, doesnt require so much water as my sprinkler system is old and prone to failure. It also needs to survive hot weather.

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lemonie7 years ago

Borrow a sheep/goat? Grass survives grazing better than other plants.

zodono (author)  lemonie7 years ago
i already have a sheep. she keeps the backyard down nicely, but she has favorite spots, and she likes certain plants beter than others.
lemonie zodono7 years ago

That's interesting - what does she like best?

zodono (author)  lemonie7 years ago
she likes to eat elephant ears, and anything with the color purple in it.. and when all that stuff is knocked down, she likes taller grass.. she when through a period where she like to pick out the clover among the grass, but she doesnt eat it anymore it seems. She also like orange tree leaves.
lemonie zodono7 years ago
Strange diet, but thanks for the answer.

paperrhino7 years ago

If you are growing st. augustine you are likely in the south. I'm in the Dallas, TX area and grow st. augustine so I'm assuming you are in a similar climate.

Your best choices for grass are bermuda or zoysia. I don't have much experience with zoysia but it always looks nice when I see it. I'm told it requires more water then st. augustine though. I do have experience with bermuda grass. It is fast growing, will stay green if watered, and requires half as much water as st. augustine. If it gets too hot or you experience drought, bermuda goes dormant. Unfortunately, bermuda is not the most attractive grass. Other grasses to consider though I've absolutely no experience with them are centipede grass and buffalo grass.

I would avoid kentucky blue grass or fescue as they don't do as well in the really hot summers.

Since you have sheep that eats the grass, chemical solutions to your clover problem are not an option. I recommend manually digging out the clover (a real pain but possible) and make sure to keep the grass properly fertilized. A well watered and cared for lawn will usually keep the weeds out on its own.
zodono (author)  paperrhino7 years ago
how do i "fertilize" it, and with what.
orksecurity7 years ago
This may depend on your definition of "looks nice". I happen to like mixed-species lawns; my own is probably half violets right now.
blkhawk7 years ago
A safe alternative for a herbicide is a solution of vinegar, salt and a tablespoon of liquid detergent. Spray on the clovers with a spray pump, on a hot sunny day. You may have to remove some undesirable plants mechanically with a garden claw
I recommend to you to find out the native grasses that grow in your area. There is a great chance that planting the right grass will be less demanding when caring for them because they have adapted to your region.
In Pennsylvania where I live, summers are very humid and it is recommended that you irrigate your lawn early morning. Irrigating at night promotes the growth of fungi on roots.
frollard7 years ago
I'm really fond of Kentucky Blue Grass -- its extremely soft and thick/lush -- does take a fair amount of water and fertilizer though -- if you set up your irrigation to only operate at night, it's a wonderful lawn that weeds have a hard time penetrating.