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Removing Clover from Your Lawn

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If you prefer the manicured appearance of a lawn with no intrusive plants, then those patches of clover have to go. But how do you remove the clover without damaging the grass? This is a guide about removing clover from your lawn.
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By 1 found this helpful
August 15, 2011

I have 3 solutions, all rethinking the problem.

  1. Don't get rid of the clover. It's a legume, and is normally there as part of a grass stand, keeping your soil fertile. You'll learn to love it.
  2. If you still want to get rid of it for a specific reason (maybe your child is badly allergic to bee stings), then harvest it and feed it to the chickens or other animals. Or compost it with lots of shredded paper.
  3. If your animals don't like the taste, there is too much for them to eat, or you don't have animals to feed it to, consider removing your lawn. Lawns can be a waste of water. Instead, start an ornamental vegetable garden or edible landscape. Rosalind Creasy has a fine book on the subject, and there are numerous websites.
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May 19, 20110 found this helpful

I am looking for a natural way to get rid of clover in the lawn. There is a lot of clover.

By Shawn

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May 19, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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June 1, 20110 found this helpful
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I agree too. I just bought some grass seed WITH clover.

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Clover is more drought tolerant, needs cutting less often and is durable. Look it up.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 8, 2007

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

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May 10, 20070 found this helpful
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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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May 10, 20070 found this helpful
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The Miracle Lawn Tonic Recipe

Recipe:

One can of soda - not diet
One can of beer - not light

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1/2 cup liquid dishwashing soap (don't use anti-bacterial soap!)
1/2 cup mouthwash
1/2 cup household ammonia
Mixed in a 10 gallon hose end sprayer
*Apply every 3 weeks
Mow lawn in evening then make application

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

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

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By Fred Weller from Toronto, ON

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Getting Rid Of Clover In Lawn

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)

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May 19, 20090 found this helpful
By Ellen Brown

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How do I get rid of clover that is invading my lawn and flower beds? Does anyone have a recipe I can make?

Hardiness Zone: 6b

Rose from Malvern, PA

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Rose,

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.

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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.

Good luck.

Ellen

About The Author: Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media, an environmental media company that specializes in helping businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and services. Contact her on the web at http://www.sustainable-media.com

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Getting Rid Of Clover In Lawn

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)

By Shirley Darby

Getting Rid Of Clover In Lawn

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)

By Art

Getting Rid Of Clover In Lawn

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)

By Heather

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