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By PE from Sacramento, CA
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I am looking for a natural way to get rid of clover in the lawn. There is a lot of clover.
If clover doesn't get too high, why get rid of it? It's good for the soil, cushy underfoot, and has pretty flowers. Better yet, get some of the short wildflowers and plant them also amongst the grass. I plant it deliberately.
The only way to get rid of clover is poison the whole yard, which seeps into the groundwater, and put in new grass seed or sod, or perhaps there's a select poison for clover only.
I agree too. I just bought some grass seed WITH clover. Clover is more drought tolerant, needs cutting less often and is durable. Look it up.
I am having lawn trouble and I'm at my wits end. I did the weed and feed thing in the early spring and now the clover and it's pretty purple flowers are taking over. Any help getting rid of it is greatly appreciated.
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Clover is great for enriching your soil. Just keep mowing it with the grass and as the soil gets better, the clover will die out. Weed killers are doing genetic damage to frogs so it may be doing damage to us also.
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I have a patch of clover on my lawn. I'm looking for a natural weed killer that doesn't harm the grass.
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By Herbman from Toronto, ON
The best weed killer that won't harm your grass? A shovel. Dig up the clover, roots and all. Fill in the spot with a little soil, water and add some grass seed. Weed killers are not safe, not even for your grass or the people around you and their pets. (05/22/2009)
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Rose from Malvern, PA
You may want to consider leaving some of it. When you see clover in the lawn and garden (red, white and pink clover), it is actually providing many benefits. It is a member of the legume family, which makes it a nitrogen fixer. Nitrogen fixers are plants that take nitrogen from the soil and air and convert it into a form that is useful for nearby plants. It also attracts bees, which as you know, are the most important pollinators in the yard and garden. It also creates biodiversity in the lawn, without competing strongly with the grass.
If the clover you are referring to is yellow clover (also called black medic) that is a different story. Yellow clover is a sign of low nitrogen in the soil. It can take over your lawn and choke out your grass. The best way to get rid of it is not by using a product, but by improving the soil quality (specially the level of nitrogen) in your yard and garden. This can be done with the addition of organic fertilizers or by adding 1-2 inches of compost to your lawn and garden beds in the fall. The weeds themselves can be dug out by hand, preferably when the soil is wet.
Another common clover-like weed is Wood Sorrel (Oxalis sticta). It has delicate yellow flowers and leaves that look like shamrocks similar to that of clover. Wood Sorrel is much more difficult to prevent from spreading, but at least it comes out of the ground easily when removed by hand. Using an organic weed and feed on your lawn can be helpful, but be careful to follow the directions carefully as these products prevent grass seeds from germinating as well as weed seeds. Timing is very important to the success of these products. Frequent mowing also helps by preventing the weeds from going to seed.
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In turf you can use broadleaf weed spray on clover and wild violets, following package instructions. Sometimes it takes more than one application for these plants. In flower beds you will have to pull and dig by hand, as the weed killer will also kill flowers. We are actually planting Dutch clover seed on bare spots in our lawn. Very xeric, soil-improving, low maintenance ground cover. And sometimes you find a 4-leaf clover. (06/26/2008)
I am from PA, also. Clover can actually be very beneficial to your lawn. It adds nutrients to the soil. Many people actually add clover seeds to their turf seeds because of the benefits. (07/20/2008)
White sugar. It won't kill it right away, but it will give your lawn the nutrients it needs and your grass will over take it for next year. I had a huge patch last year and just spread white sugar over it and by this year it is all gone. (07/22/2008)