I had a pretty big clump of clover in my garden and yes, it was intrusive.
I counted it a blessing because I would go out each day and cut mostly the clover heads and not the long stems and feed the heads to my chickens that aren't able to get out and forage much.
The chickens had a hard time trying to get the long stems down their throats so that is why I cut them high. After a while, the clover was gone. I wouldn't spray anything unless it was an ant invasion and then I would spray at the source only.
They like the leaves too. I usually grab a handful of clover or grass and cut it up with a scissors before giving it to the chickens if the stems are too long.
How do I get rid of clover?
2-4-D amine or other weed killer that contains Dicamba. Follow label instructions carefully.
I have clover that got in my garden, when I planted some iris bulbs. Now it is every where. Any clue on how to get rid of it with out killing my iris or other plants? I've dug it out several times and it just gets thicker.
Clover is actually a beneficial "weed" It will add nutrients to the soil that will help your garden. It is also known to repel many pest insects and attract many beneficial insects.
You can kill all or most all weeds in your lawn with a properly applied 2-4-D amine solution. Since clover is not a weed, 2-4-D amine, alone, is not very effective at killing it. You can buy 2-4-D amine which contains Dicamba. This combination is highly effective at killing weeds AND clover while not harming your grass.
You should note that 2-4-D will also kill your iris. I think the best way to handle your problem is to apply 2-4-D with Dicamba to your lawn, according to label instructions. Do not apply it on a windy day. Do not apply any closer than 2 feet of your iris. Do not allow any of the solution to come in contact with the iris. Do not allow the wind to drift any solution towards the iris.
As for the clover that's in the iris and the area immediately around them, I'm afraid you have no choice but to dig it all out by hand. Depending on how many iris you have, it could be a big job. If you love iris as I do, it will be worth it.
Hopefully, if you rid the rest of your lawn of clover and keep it out, you may never have to disturb your iris again due to clover.
In case my advice is not 100% accurate, please speak with your county agricultural agent at the Cooperative Extension Service. They can advise you further.
Hardiness Zone: 8b
By David from San Antonio, TX
Six Good Reasons White Clover Is Not a Weed
1.It's low growing and needs little mowing.
2.It's evergreen even in the coldest climates.
3.It's drought tolerant, requiring little if any supplemental water once established.
4.It's a fertilizer factory for grass and other plants since clover has the ability to store atmospheric nitrogen in its root systems.
5.It masks the presence of other weeds in the lawn.
6.It resists insects and diseases, especially the white grubs that can be a major lawn nemesis.
I agree, I can handle the clover but Creeping Charlie is another matter. I broke down and sprayed last fall because it was taking over my flower beds but normally I don't use chemicals.
We have creeping thyme in between pavers in our front walkway. There are 4 leaf clovers overtaking the thyme. Is there anything that can kill the 4 leaf clovers and not the thyme? Thanks.
Schmitty from So. Cal
Just rip out the clover, because unless you apply weedkiller to each leaf individually with a paintbrush, you will kill both.