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How to Get Rid of Purple Clover in My Yard

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Things You'll Need

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