February 18, 2016
Wild Carrot
February 18, 2016

Although most weeds are annoying problems, some weeds also receive some love from homeowners. Some weeds, especially the broadleaf variety, can display really beautiful inflorescence. However, if they find their way in your turf, they can be nothing less than a huge menace.

The white clover (Trifolium repens) is one such weed that has had a love-hate relationship with the homeowners. It can look gorgeous if it is planted intentionally in a garden, but if not controlled properly, it can very quickly spread and become a real threat to your green turf.

In this article, we will try to learn something more about this weed and pick up some tips to get rid of it as well.

What is White Clover?

The white clover is a perennial weed and grows pretty close to the ground. Space and patchy lawns are ideal for this weed to get in. Although, it has been known to grow on relatively healthy turf as well.

The white clover has a compound leaf and has three, tear-shaped leaflets in its leaf. The white flowers are spiky in appearance and have a brown to green center.

The propagation of white clover is rapid. The plant can develop roots wherever a stem node touches the soil and grows like a creeper.

How to Manage White Clover?

White clover can be a bit tricky to get rid of. One of the distinguishing features of the weed is that it grows in areas where there is little nitrogen, and hence, there is less competition from the turfgrass.

Healthy and thick lawns are key to eliminate this weed and is the perfect example of natural weed control. Follow proper lawn care practices and the following tips to get rid of white clover:

  • As we learned earlier, white clover grows in the areas of low nitrogen. Hence, fertilizing the soil with nitrogen-rich fertilizers will not only ensure a thick turf but also will discourage the white clover growth.
  • The established clover plants in your yard can be eliminated by pulling out or by using a herbicide. Although getting rid of the plant may be easy, eliminating the seeds is a really tough task.
  • Pulling out white clover is relatively easy as it grows in clumps. An efficient removal by hand pulling is only possible if you carefully remove as much of the root system as you can. Any part of the roots left behind will start to sprout new plants in no time.
  • Using herbicides that provide broad-spectrum weed control against broadleaf weeds will usually take care of this weed. Read the labels carefully to make sure the weed control product you use is safe for your lawn type and lists this particular weed.

Something to Take Home

Killing white clover can be tricky as any bit of root system left behind will grow again, and many herbicides have a hard time killing the roots of this plant. A great way to keep this weed off a lawn is to properly fertilize and employ good cultural practices, so your grass is so thick it chokes out weeds. If that fails, a good lawn care service that provides weed control can take care of killing and preventing this weed. We hope that you learned something new about white clover and how to get rid of it.