How to Get Rid of Clover Grass on the Lawn

Updated April 17, 2017

Clover is a small green weed, with a flower that blooms beginning in the late spring and throughout the summer. It spreads quickly and is often difficult to evict once it has settled into your lawn. Early in the season, the plants are not harmful or even unsightly. When the flowers bloom, however, they attract bees, making the lawn a danger zone for playing children. Clover thrives on an unbalanced lawn, and a combination of tactics is the only sure-fire way to get rid of it. Armed with knowledge on these techniques, you can clear your lawn of clover and keep it clover-free for future growing seasons.

Reduce your watering schedule, only watering when your lawn absolutely needs it. The water encourages clover growth as well as grass growth. Mow your lawn often in the spring to discourage seed formation.

Control the clover, if possible when it is young, by applying herbicides to the infested area. Check for clover as a listed target on the herbicide package and follow the directions carefully to protect your grass and other plants.

Apply a fertiliser to your lawn that is low in phosphorus and rich in nitrogen once the clover is controlled. Clover thrives on phosphorus and most often will invade a nitrogen-deprived lawn. To be certain, bring a sample of your soil to a garden centre for testing. They will give you a fertiliser with the right nutrients to create a well-balanced clover-free lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawnmower
  • Herbicide
  • Fertiliser
  • Soil sample
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Sarah Morse has been a writer since 2009, covering environmental topics, gardening and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree in English language and literature, a master's degree in English and a master's degree in information science.