I created and planted this food plot a couple of years ago, but family and work commitments means that it was put on the back burner and claimed by weeds. A close inspection shows plenty of good clover forage, but choked out by weeds so it's not really showing its full potential. This year my plan is to change that. As you can see there is lots of good stuff buried in the grasses.
Yesterday my first step was to go in and spray for the grasses and weeds. I used a product called "Arrest" which kills the weeds but not the clover. I will check back in a week or so to see how this worked. My guess is that I will need to do a second treatment based on how thick things were. If this does not work I am going to do a high mowing, and hope the clover can grow up faster than the weeds and choke those weeds out. What doesn't get choked out I will kill with some spot spraying. I will also broadcast some additional clover seed into the plot to thicken things up. Here's a before picture for you all. Hopefully this will be a success in time for deer season. Stay tuned!
I know you can get it in store at Scheels Sporting Good, otherwise you can order it online at Amazon, or Whitetail Research Institute. It comes in 8 oz. bottles and that mixes up 8 gallons @ 1 oz. per gallon. It is called "Arrest."
Does not clover thrive with a consistent mowing? I thought it did.
It definitely will, but this spot is full of stumps and it's hard to get a mower down there without damaging equipment and headaches. I follow Dr. Grant Woods who is a wildlife biologist out of Missouri, and he manages clover food plots using only herbicide treatments. His record is a 12 year clover plot that was not ever mowed. I don't expect that kind of success, but he is certainly on to something.