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Clover is often the bane of a lawn enthusiast's existence. This DIYer is having trouble eradicating it from their yard, and turned to the forum for some suggestions. But will they ever be able to truly kill it off?

This DIYer is having trouble eradicating clover from their lawn. While some may want to keep it around because of i

Original Post: Getting Rid of Lots of Healthy Clover

babaganoosh Member

I'll go around with a hand sprayer with Weed B Gon and am able to kill lots of different weeds. But clover?! Liquid seems to bead off their leaves. And the clover continues to grow better than the lawn. How do you deal with clover? Am I wrong to think that clover leaves are hydrophobic?

Marq1 Member

That is what I use but, granted, I only have the occasional small patch. I do tend to up the concentration since I use a hand spray bottle.

Pilot Dane Group Member

Clover has a pretty extensive root system and is surprisingly difficult to kill. Any product containing 2,4-D (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) will kill it when applied at the proper rate. You can figure on having to come back a month later and do a second application, though.

XSleeper Member

The same product that controls yellow nutsedge is effective at controlling clover. I use Sedge Ender from my local Ace Hardware. As mentioned, you need multiple applications to control it. (But you should not exceed the recommended mixture or application frequency). "Kill" really isn't the word to use because you will likely always have to treat for it—it just keeps coming back. Clover is really only a problem when it becomes so thick that it crowds out the grass, so controlling it is the key.

babaganoosh Member

So are you using a liquid? Are you seeing what I see—that the liquid just beads up and rolls off the leaves? Like a waxed car? Is there a way to get it to hold onto the leaves? Is that why it's hard to kill?

stickshift Group Moderator

For what it's worth, clover fixes nitrogen to the soil so lots of people actually like having it in their lawn and even sow it.

babaganoosh Member

Stickshift: Don't get me started. WAY too many times, I've been saying I'm done with this (trying to have a lush green lawn) and just say—it's green, even if it's not grass.

Fixing nitrogen: gotta Google that. So, that means putting air nitrogen into chemicals that other plants can use? I'm putting down fertilizer with nitrogen, so does that do the same thing (get digestible nitrogen to the plants)?

XSleeper Member

Garden sprayer, spraying a fine mist. Says not to water for 24 hrs.

stickshift Group Moderator

Yes, clover puts nitrogen into the soil, just like the fertilizer you are using. When rotating a field and not planting crops, farmers will often plant clover to improve the soil in the process.

videobruce Member

The same product that controls yellow nut sedge is effective at controlling clover. I use Sedge Ender from my local Ace Hardware.

Other than that, can anyone else recommend something? I have a clover problem scattered all over both the front and the back. It's a small city lot and the clover doesn't show up until well into spring. I don't mind a little, but it is suffocating the grass in many areas. Anything I've tried either did nothing or killed the grass, too.

Tumble Member

Using this will assist you in getting the product to penetrate the clover:

Some say a little bit of dish soap also works, but for me that only produced a lot of suds. Not sure what the proper amount of dish soap per gallon would be.

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