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How to Get Rid of Clover


If you’re Irish or have grown up with Irish customs, you’d probably consider this four-petal plant to bring you good luck. But too many of these can completely ruin the look of your garden. Clovers are considered an invading species of plant, some of which, in certain conditions, may be poisonous if ingested by animals.

Clovers are legumes, which is why they cause bloating in animals. Sweet clover may cause bloating of cattle so if you find this nuisance on your farm, your cattle may be at the risk of bloating. Sweet clovers are often found to invade haystacks with excess moisture. But what exactly are clovers?

About Clovers

Clovers belong to a family of plants classed as leguminous peas. They are also called trefoil (literally “three-leaf” in Latin). They have a total of 300 species that may be advantageous to farmers as part of their fodder or detrimental to animals. If you find these in your garden, however, they’re anything but beneficial. They’re especially fond of moisture so be careful of areas in your garden that has an excess supply of moisture.

Clovers can grow in a number of soils and climates and are even cultivated by farmers because of a number of benefits. The red and white clovers are the most common types of clovers cultivated along with ryegrass. The benefits of growing these plants include nitrogen fixation, a natural way to replenish the health of soils. Sweet clovers are great for cattle in limited quantities and if they aren’t riddled with mold.

A normal sweet clover that has the compound Coumarol which transforms into Dicoumarol with the presence of mold. The Dicoumarol can be especially lethal to cattle because it can stop Vitamin Kfrom being used. Vitamin K is important for blood clotting; without it, the animal can die of internal bleeding. Pregnant cows can have stillborn calves and young livestock are more likely to die if they eat moldy sweet clovers riddled with Dicoumarol.

In your gardens, the clover may be an indication of several things. The first and most likely indication is that your soil lacks nitrogen. That has prompted the clovers to sprout there. You may be starving your grass of the nutrients it needs to grow healthily. If heavy rains have washed over your garden, your beautiful begonias might be replaced by these unsightly legumes. Sprinklers irrigating certain spots more than needed can cause the clover to sprout.

Cooler temperatures may also allow clovers to spring up. Your soil’s microbes themselves remain inactive in supplying nitrogen to certain areas prompting clovers to take over. At the end of the day, your flowers and vegetables may be replaced by clovers, which is definitely not good. So how exactly do you get rid of Clovers?

Rid your garden of those overpowering clovers

  1. Manual Labor

If you notice a clover popping up somewhere in your garden, you should immediately pull it out from its roots. Clovers have the ability to spread rapidly by way of seeds. Clovers have horizontally growing shoots that spread to other areas in your garden, thus enabling something like the picture above to form.

You have a better chance of stopping an infestation of clover into your beloved garden when you uproot the first one that pops up. Don’t just jerk it out either; you might leave some roots in the soil that way. Then it won’t be long before other clovers start popping up.

  1. Mowing on up

No one wants multiple “fields” of clover popping up all over their beautiful grassy garden. If they do, you may have the urge to shave it off, similar to a close shave. Don’t! That’ll only make it worse. Readjust your mower to allow some of your grass to keep growing.

The reason for this is that, similar to a rainforest, sunlight won’t reach below the grass, starving out the clovers. This is one of the best ways to weed out the clover naturally. But the catch here is that there needs to be plentiful grass for this natural choking out to happen.

  1. Herbicides and fertilizers are your friend

If there are large patches where you only have clovers, you may want a broad leaf herbicide to help you out. Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a number of different professional quality broadleaf herbicides which can effectively eliminate clover such as Triclopyr 4 Brush Killer (Garlon 4), 2 4-D Amine Selective Weed Killer or 3-D Herbicide Triplet Alternative. Be careful with application, however. These herbicides may kill your flowers, potted plants and bees flying by.

Fertilization is also one of the steps that you can take for making your garden clover free. The best thing to do is to have your garden aerated properly and nourished with fertilizers. Carrying out these activities annually can help you out tons so that you have thick grass and a blossoming garden. The best part: clovers will be nowhere to be seen.

  1. A Do Over

Use this as a last resort. When clovers have spread everywhere and nothing works, herbicide everything in your garden and till it. Add fertilizer and mulch followed by sodding or seeding. Whichever path you follow, seeding or sodding, you’ll be able to avoid the mistakes you made last time with your garden.

Preventing an Infestation

Keeping your garden well maintained is the most important part of avoiding any weed problems. Carry out yearly aerations and dethatching along with fertilization to keep the soil in your garden well-nourished. Keep debris and trash away from the garden which may block the path of sunlight. Timely garden maintenance is the only way of stopping the growth and infestation of clovers.  


Clover is usually a tough weed to get past when established on your lawn, but by following the tips we have shared with you above and equipping yourself with superior herbicide products, you can rid clover from your lawn for good.

For more information on controlling clover on your lawn and to get advice from our lawn care experts, contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

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