How to Kill Clover Grass

Overview

Those tiny white clover flowers in your lawn do more than attract bees. They grow from an aggressive weed that can quickly take over your lawn. While there are several varieties of clover weeds, white clover is the most common, according to Scott's, the makers of Miracle-Gro. You can control and prevent this perennial weed with a good lawn care routine.

Step 1

Apply a broadleaf weed control product, such as Ortho Weed B Gone, according to the label directions. Apply the product to the entire area where clover is growing. For Southern lawns, choose a product specializing in Southern grass to prevent damage to the existing turf, such as Ortho Weed B Gone for Southern Lawns. Apply the product every 14 days until the clover has turned brown.

Step 2

Mow the grass to 2 to 3 inches tall. Do not mow shorter than this. Longer blades of grass allow for a more healthy lawn which can smother weeds.

Step 3

Fertilize the lawn in the spring, twice in the summer and once in the fall with a turf and weed product such as Scott's Turf Builder with Weed Control. Follow the label instructions for application. These combination products apply the necessary weed control products to eliminate clover throughout the lawn, but also provide the nutrients to maintain a healthy lawn that can fight off weeds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not apply weed control products when rain is expected within 48 hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Broadleaf weed control product
  • Mower
  • Lawn fertilizer

References

  • Blades Lawn Care: How to Kill Clover
  • Scott's Miracle Grow: Clover
  • University of Minnesota: Weed Control in Lawns and Other Turf
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