Asked June 06, 2021, 3:48 PM EDT
Montgomery County Maryland
The white residue does not appear to be insect-related, but we cannot clearly see the dots/flakes/pellets to determine what they are. When you mention the neighbors not having lawn care performed, are you implying no fertilizer or pesticide (including weed control) was used on this area with the clover either? The clover's symptoms seem to suggest this is a reaction to herbicide, though it's possible a clover-specific disease is at work as well. Is there clover elsewhere in the yard that is not showing symptoms?
Is the clover the only plant in the lawn that's affected, or is the grass also showing symptoms? Has the lawn been watered in the past few weeks?
More information would also be useful:
- are they attached to the leaf, or do they roll off?
- are they hard in texture, or fluffy and collapse when pressed?
- are they only on the upper surface?
- are there any overhanging trees in that area?
- do you know how long they may have been there?
On Jun 7, 2021, at 10:30 AM, Ask Extension <email@example.com> wrote:
That's quite alright - it's not a bother, and this is why we're here. Glad you found out what the culprit was, even though it was done without your consent. The clover will probably return or seed back in over time, so if you want it to stay, the good news is that it probably isn't gone for good.