Question: information

Hi, my name is Pasquale,

I carefully follow your suggestions but I would also have curiosities for my garden, I live in Naples

1) Having a garden of about 300 square meters all sown with dichondra repens,

is there a selective herbicide for clover, daisies and other species ??

And what fertilization should I use to make it + thick and green ??

2) I irrigate 30 minutes from 01:00 to 06.00 is that right?

3) I also have a beautiful variegated privet hedge in this period but in winter

Only the branches remain, leaves zero there is a solution, since I noticed that where

Are the leaves falling more repaired is minimal ???

I would be grateful if you could help me and above all answer.

Thanks so much.

Answer: information

Dear Pasquale,

the dichondra repens is a small, round or heart-shaped ground cover plant, which is often used to prepare turf; unfortunately the selective herbicides are based on the morphological and typological difference of the weeds compared with the most common grasses for turf; therefore in general the selective herbicides go to kill all the plants that have leaflets of different shape than the linear ones of the plants of the common meadows.

In your case, the leaves of the clover and the other weeds are like those of the dichondra, and therefore if you use a herbicide against the clover, this will also kill the dichondra.

To avoid the development of weeds, it is important to keep the turf alive and luxuriant, so that it can supplant weeds on its own.

So every year, at the end of winter or in autumn, take care of re-sowing the dichondra, insisting above all in the areas that have eventually emptied during the winter, or that have been ruined for other reasons; in addition to this, remember at the end of winter and autumn to spread fertilizer on the turf: you can use the manure, or even slow release granular fertilizer, choosing specifically for turf.

By reinvigorating the carpet of dichondra, you will go to decay the weeds, and avoid that there is free space on the ground, which could be colonized by clover or other unwanted plants.

The waterings provided at night are perfect, in the period from May-June, until September or October; during the very hot months it may be necessary to increase the watering time, while in the cold months you should avoid watering, intervening only in case of particularly dry weather. Check that the soil has a chance to dry for a few hours before supplying more water.

As for the variegated privet hedge, it seems strange that it loses its leaves, since variegated privets are generally evergreens.

Perhaps they suffer from excessive watering; remember that your hedge is rustic and resistant, and does not like water stagnation, which can make the root system suffer a lot, up to completely ruining the plants.