How to get rid of clover

Updated February 21, 2017

Finding a four-leaf clover is said to bring luck to a person. Unfortunately, many homeowners experience bad luck when clover overtakes their lawns. Clover is a pervasive weed that produces a thick ground cover with white or red flowers in the spring. Although a broad leaf herbicide will kill most clover, it will also kill all the grass and plants around it. It's possible, however, to get rid of clover without harming other vegetation.

Wait until early spring and fill a drop spreader with corn gluten meal powder. Adjust the handle on the spreader so that it dispenses the powder at a rate of 9.07kg. per 1,000 feet.

Position the drop spreader on the ground containing the clover problem. Push down on the lever, located near the handle, to start the flow of corn gluten meal through the drop spreader.

Push the drop spreader over the surface of the lawn until the entire area is covered in corn gluten meal.

Water the area thoroughly with a garden hose or sprinkler system to dissolve the corn gluten into the soil. It's fine if not all of the powder dissolves.

Wait until mid-August and reapply the corn gluten meal in the same amount that you used in the spring. This second application prevents any clover seeds left in the ground from germinating.


In addition to getting rid of the clover, the corn gluten meal also acts as a fertiliser with a 9 to 10 per cent nitrogen content. If you don't mind killing other vegetation, spray a broad leaf herbicide onto the clover leaves and they will die within two to three days.

Things You'll Need

  • Corn gluten meal
  • Drop spreader
  • Garden hose or sprinklers
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Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.