How to Control Clover Weed


Clover, a perennial weed, can quickly take over your lawn and choke out the healthy grass. Eliminating clover from the lawn allows fertilizer to reach the roots of your grass, leading to a healthy lawn. What's more, when a lawn is in a healthy state, clover has trouble growing, lessening the chance of the weed returning.

Things You'll Need

  • Broadleaf weed-control product
  • Mower
  • Weed and feed fertilizer
  • Vinegar
  • Apply a broadleaf weed-control product, following the label directions, to eliminate the clover. Continue to apply the product every 14 days until the clover turns brown. Rake the dead clover from the lawn. Plant grass seed in the spots left bare by the clover's demise.

  • Mow the lawn with the blade set at a height of 2 to 3 inches. Grass mowed to 2 to 3 inches grows thicker and chokes out weeds that are growing and prevents new weeds from receiving the water and sunlight they need to thrive.

  • Apply a weed and feed fertilizer in the spring according to the label's directions. Apply two treatments in the summer and one final treatment in the fall to prevent the regrowth of clover during the summer and the following year.

  • Spot-treat small areas of re-emerging clover by spraying vinegar or a weed control product on them. Rake away dead clover and replant grass seed as needed.

  • Remove clover by hand if you have a small lawn or a minor clover infestation. Pull out the entire root system to prevent regrowth.

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