How to Get Rid of Purple Clover in My Yard

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How to Get Rid of Purple Clover in My Yard
Remove purple clover weeds with an herbicide application. (Ryan McVay/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Clover weed is an annual and common weed distinguished by its low, broad leaves and purple flower. These weeds are certainly a nuisance to those looking to keep their lawns free of the small purple flowers. While removing the weeds by hand is possible and effective, it is also tedious. With a selective herbicide, however, removing the purple clover weeds is a relatively simple task.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Garden sprayer
  • Herbicide (postemergent, selective, containing Trimec ingredients)

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  1. 1

    Rinse the garden sprayer if it has been filled with anything other than herbicide.

  2. 2

    Fill the sprayer with the selective herbicide that contains the phenoxy-type herbicide, 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba salt (found in Trimec). A selective herbicide will eradicate common weeds, but not harm grass. Make sure that the herbicide is qualified for "postemergent" instances.

  3. 3

    Hold the sprayer 4 to 5 inches away from the clover weeds and generously spray the herbicide directly onto the leaves.

  4. 4

    Watch the progress of the removal over a week. If clovers remain, reapply the herbicide and continue monitoring the progress. Re-seed the empty patches to reduce the chances of return.

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