The Q&A Archives: Clover

Question: How do I rid my lawn of clover?

Answer: The most effective method of controlling clovers is to maintain a dense and healthy turf area. Often weeds can be easily kept out if the Ph and nutrients levels are optimum. Mowing height and the frequency of mowing also will deter these weeds. These methods are by far the best way to keep clovers from invading your garden.

Pulling weeds by hand works in small lawns, but chemical control is sometimes necessary especially when managing large areas. Always read and follow directions on label and keep pets and children away. For broadleaf weeds such as clover use a mixture containing the phenoxy-type herbicide, 2,4-D, MCPP and dicamba salt (Trimec, found in Weed-No-More) and apply in early fall.

Be aware that dicamba can damage tree and shrub roots so apply carefully.

Once you've removed the clover, either chemically or by hand pulling, put you lawn on a regular feeding schedule (April, June, September and early December) to help maintain a lush, thick lawn which will effectively crowd out weeds such as clover.

Best wishes with your lawn.

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