Question: information

Hi, my name is Pasquale,
I carefully follow Vs. suggestions but I would have curiosities also 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 the clover, daisies and other species ??
And what fertilization should I use to make it + Thick and green ??
2) Irrigo 30 minutes from 01:00 to 06.00 is right?
3) I also have a beautiful Ligustro hedge variegated in this period but in winter
Only the branches remain, zero leaves there is a solution, since I noticed that where
Are the leaves + repaired? Is it minimal ???
I would be grateful if you could help me and above all respond.
Thanks so much.

Answer: information

Dear Easter,
the dichondra repens is a small ground cover plant with a roundish or heart-shaped leaf, which is often used to prepare lawns; unfortunately the selective herbicides are based on the morphological and typological difference of the weeds compared with the most common grassy grasses; therefore in general the selective herbicides go to kill all the plants that have leaflets of different form compared to the linear ones of the plants of the common meadows.
In your case, the leaves of the clover and other weeds are like those of the dichondra, and therefore if you use a herbicide against the clover, it will also kill the dichondra.
To avoid the development of weeds, it is important to keep the turf alive and lush, so that it can supplant weeds on its own.
So every year, at the end of winter or in autumn, take care to re-seed the dichondra, insisting especially in areas that have eventually been 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 sprinkle fertilizer on the turf: you can use manure, or even slow release granular fertilizer, by choosing a specific one for turf.
By reinvigorating the carpet of dichondra, you will go to cause the weeds to decay, and you will avoid that there is free space on the ground, which could be colonized by the clover or other unwelcome 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 the variegated privets are usually evergreens.
Perhaps they suffer from excessive watering; remember that your hedge is rustic and resistant, and does not like water stagnation, which can cause the root system to suffer greatly, to completely ruin the plants.