How to Kill Clovers Without Killing the Grass


Clover is a perennial legume that often pops up in large patches in lawns in the summertime. But clover is rarely found in healthy, thick-growing lawns. It almost exclusively crops up in thin lawns that have not been adequately fertilized. Once you kill the clover in your grass, prevent it from coming back by seeding thin spots in the lawn and maintaining a regular fertilization schedule.

Step 1

Water the lawn with 1 to 2 inches of water the day before you treat it.

Step 2

Spray the lawn with a post-emergent, broad-leaf herbicide. Make sure it is labeled for use on clover and as safe for use on your specific variety of grass. Use a hose-end sprayer, pump or hand sprayer to coat the clover in herbicide according to the manufacturer's instructions. Stop just before the point of runoff.

Step 3

Re-spray the lawn as needed, at the intervals prescribed by the herbicide manufacturer.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbicide
  • Hose


  • University of Colorado: White Clover Lawns
  • All About Lawns: Killing off Clover
  • University of California: Clovers
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