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The Best Weed Killer for Clover

By Thomas King
Clovers can turn a healthy lawn brown.
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Clovers are sometimes used as ground cover because they are soft to walk on and mow well. However, clover can become invasive and attract bees, stain clothes, and turn an unattractive brown.


Several species of clover exist. The two most common in the United States are white clover and red clover. White clover, which grows between 6 and 8 inches, is characterized by heart-shaped leaves with white crescents and pink or white flowers. Red clovers have three elliptic leaflets and pink or red flowers.

Chemical Control

Spray clover with Methylchlorophenoxypropionic acid (MCPP) in the spring or fall when temperatures are cool. MCPP, which may also be listed as mecoprop, is the active ingredient in clover killer and can be found in some broad-leaf weed killers. Note that it will take six to eight after spraying for clover to disappear.

Alternative Control Methods

Maintaining a healthy lawn helps prevent clover from taking over. Ensure the grass is watered thoroughly every week. Conversely, frequently light watering encourages clover growth. In addition, do not mow your lawn shorter than 2.5 to 3 inches.


About the Author


Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.