Clover or White Clover (Trifolium repens) is a persistent broadleaf weed found in many of our lawns.
As a professional lawn care company we often get calls from frustrated lawn owners who have attempted some DIY weed killing but just can’t get rid of Clover from their lawns.
Clover is a perennial lawn weed which will flourish and gain strength each year and will eventually choke out the grassed areas in your lawn. Definitely a good reason to get rid of them.
This nuisance weed loves to grow in areas that have compacted soil, poor fertility and low soil pH. Conditions like this make growing a healthy, lush green and weed free lawn much more difficult. It is important to address any issues with your lawn’s condition before managing any type of weed control. Once an inspection of your lawn has been carried out a great lawn care professional will know how to choose the correct herbicide and safely apply it to your lawn. They will use a liquid ‘selective’ broadleaf weed control which will work very well to get rid of Clover in your lawn. The products lawn care professionals use are not readily available to the general public.
Another reason to remove Clover from your lawn is that the flowering weeds will attract many stinging insects which will become a real problem for you and your family, especially if you have allergies to stings. Read more about Anaphylactic Shock here.
As a quality lawn care company we visit thousands of lawns and provide solutions for our customers who want to enjoy the Spring and Summer months relaxing in a garden lawn they will be proud of.
To get a healthy lawn that is weed free you must first tackle the following issues.
Poor Fertility: Regular application of the correct, seasonally balanced Fertiliser is essential to maintain the health and appearance of your lawn. Throughout the year your lawn needs different amounts of specific chemical elements as these will assist the various processes that naturally take place within the grass plant. Depending what type of grasses you have growing in your lawn, it will need anywhere from 2 – 4 lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 sq ft.
Fertilisers are added to the soil in order to supplement naturally occurring nutrients and elements which are required to promote the healthy growth of the grass plant. You can read more about Fertilisation here.
Clover thrives in low-fertility soil and you will see your lawn suffer because of this. Prevention is key here. Make sure that you are giving your lawn a fighting chance. We know Fertiliser will not actually kill Clover, but it will make sure your lawn’s grass will grow more aggressively and develop into a lush, green and healthy lawn.
Poor Soil Compaction: Clover likes soil that is compacted. This will cause the good grass plants to thin out and become weak. By carrying out a Core Aeration on your lawn annually along with Top Dressing, it will improve your lawn’s soil structure making it a great environment for lawn grasses but more importantly LESS desirable for weeds such as Clover.
Low Soil pH: When we visit lawns that have been overtaken by Clover, we also find that the soil pH level is too low. Your grass lawn prefers a soil pH that is neutral, around 6.5 – 7.0. By taking a soil test we can tell how to address any deficiencies your soil has and resolve these issues to help your lawn grow thicker and therefore becoming competition for the nuisance Clover plants.
Incorrect Herbicide choices: To make sure you kill off Clover in your garden it is important to use a liquid selective broadleaf weed control. Weed control for Clover that is available to the general public are not always effective and will often be a costly ineffective solution, particularly if you have purchased granular weed control products. The reason for this is that the leaves of Clover plants are very small and it will be difficult to get an adequate amount of granular product on these leaves. By using a great professional lawn care service to treat Clover throughout the year, and each subsequent year, is the most effective way of managing this perennial weed.
There are a few other varieties of broadleaf weeds that are commonly confused with White Clover.
Red Clover [Trifolium pratense] is a perennial weed found on all types of lawn lawns throughout the UK. The flowers and leaves are larger than those of White Clover and it grows in a more upright position with a strong tap root.
The leaves start to grow with green leaf tissue and then turn to a deep red as it matures. The Red clover is more difficult to control and will take repeated efforts throughout the year to reduce it within your lawn.
Another broadleaf weed commonly mistaken for Clover is Black Medic. An annual weed during the Summer months, with yellow flowers will grow longer stems and spread widely in the lawn. The management of this weed will be very similar but easier to control than that of the White Clover.
By correcting the issues listed above along with proper herbicide selection is strongly recommended for a weed free healthy lawn
If you have Clover or other weeds in your lawn we can help. We love lawn care and are happy to discuss any lawn issues you may have and discuss the options available to you. We provide a FREE, no obligation lawn review service. So why not get the lawn you dream of? Contact your Lawnscience local lawn care professional now.