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White Sweetclover Weed Pull
Sweetclover is a biennial or occasionally an annual plant in the pea family that can grow 2 m tall but is usually less than 1 m. It rapidly colonizes gravelly well-drained soils such as roadsides, waste areas and river banks and bars. Hand removal if sweetclover shows great success if repeated over several years.
What can you do?
- Pull or cut plants before or when they flower (middle of July is good timing).
- First-year plants may re-grow and can be cut again.
- It is not the best to cut the plant if the seeds are mature (dry), because chances of spreading the seeds are high. This worsens the problem over time.
- Pulling or cutting will have to be repeated over a number of years to deplete the seed bank.
- Plants which have not yet developed seeds can be pulled and left on the ground. Where they will shrivel up and die.
- If plants have developed seeds (green or brown), cut the flower heads and put them in a garbage bag. They can be burned or brought to the landfill where the bag should be buried as fast as possible.
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