Dreamy, lush lawns dotted with clover may look like something out of a fairytale, but for most homeowners, that vision quickly morphs into a nightmare when clover takes over and strips grass of its green dominance. 

Clover has a tenacious grip on lawns, and its growth can signal an underlying soil issue or improper lawn care. For many, this seemingly innocuous plant is public enemy number one when it comes to yard maintenance. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll arm you with the knowledge and tactics to eliminate clover from your lawn and ensure it doesn’t make a resurgence. 

Understanding Clover

Native to Europe, clover is a perennial weed from the legume family that invades lawns with its trifoliate leaves and small white or pink flowers. There are several varieties of clover, with white and red clover being the most common in the United States.

Clovers are beneficial to the environment in many ways; they enrich the soil by fixing nitrogen and help prevent soil erosion. However, on a lawn, clover can be undesirable for those who prefer a uniform look and feel of a grassy expanse.

Clover’s presence can indicate that the soil is low in nitrogen—hence why clover thrives, as it naturally replenishes nitrogen—or could signal a pH imbalance. Recognizing the cause of clover growth can be key in preventing its return and maintaining a healthy lawn.

The Case for Clover

Before we jump into eradication tactics, it’s worth noting that clover does have advantages. It’s drought-resistant, has an excellent ground cover, and is an important nectar source for pollinators. 

Its ability to fix nitrogen also supports the growth of other plants and can reduce the need for chemical fertilizers that may harm the surrounding environment. 

For homeowners who prioritize sustainability and natural lawn care, clover may actually be a desirable component.

If having a clover-free lawn is still your goal, proceed to the next section to learn how to reclaim your turf.

Eradicating Clover from Your Lawn

Natural Removal Methods

For those who prefer a more natural approach, manual removal, and grass health improvement can be effective.

  1. Hand Pulling: This is the simplest method—pull clover out by hand or use a weeding tool. It’s labor-intensive, especially if you have a large lawn, but it’s the most environmentally friendly.
  2. Mow High: Mow your lawn at the highest setting for your grass type. Taller grass shades the soil, making it harder for clover seeds to germinate.
  3. Improve Fertility: Test your soil to address any nutrient deficiency and supplement with organic fertilizers.

Chemical Control

For those looking for a more aggressive solution, there are chemical treatments available. When using chemicals, always follow label instructions carefully to avoid harm to desirable plants and the environment.

  1. Selective Herbicides: These are designed to target broadleaf plants like clover while leaving grass unharmed. Look for products containing triclopyr or dicamba, which are effective against clover.
  2. Non-Selective Herbicides: Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide that kills any plant it comes in contact with. Only use this on a small scale to spot-treat clover, as it will kill all vegetation.
  3. Fertilizer with Herbicide: Some fertilizers contain herbicides that can both improve the health of your lawn and kill clover. Again, read and follow the instructions to avoid over-application and damage to your lawn.

Preventing Clover From Returning

Long-Term Lawn Care

To prevent clover from returning, adopt a robust lawn care regimen. Regular maintenance not only discourages clover but creates a healthier lawn overall.

  1. Proper Watering: Water your lawn deeply and infrequently to encourage the growth of deep roots in your grass, making it more competitive with clover.
  2. Adequate Mowing: Mow your lawn at the appropriate height for your grass type, and never remove more than one-third of the blade at once.
  3. Fertilize Strategically: Perform soil tests and add fertilizer as necessary to keep your lawn healthy. Regular fertilization can also boost grass growth, which can naturally shade out clover.
  4. Overseeding: Thicken your lawn by overseeding with grass varieties that are better suited to the soil and light conditions of your lawn.

Barrier to Clovers Return

Mechanical and environmental barriers can prevent the spread of clover.

  1. Aeration: Aerating the soil helps improve drainage and allows air into the root systems of your grass, which will help your grass thrive and outcompete clover.
  2. Maintain a Thick Turf: Plant a grass type that forms a dense turf in your region. This will choke out any potential clover growth.
  3. PH Management: Adjusting your soil’s pH can deter clover. Many grass species prefer soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5, while clover thrives in soil with a lower pH.
  4. Barrier Plants: Consider planting clover in contained areas or use a ground cover other than clover to keep it from spreading to your lawn.

Clover Management in Different Lawn Types

Depending on your lawn’s size and your level of commitment to a clover-free lawn, different methods and products may suit you.

  1. Small Lawns and Flowerbeds: Hand-weeding is a feasible solution for a small lawn, especially if you’re trying to maintain it without chemicals.
  2. Medium to Large Lawns: For bigger lawns, chemical treatments can be more efficient. Apply granular herbicides with a spreader to ensure even coverage.
  3. Farm or Commercial Lawns: These spaces may require professional care and may mandate specific local, state, or federal guidelines for chemical application.

The Consequences of a Cloversome Lawn

Choosing to live with clover—or even encourage its growth—can lead to a more sustainable approach to lawn care, reduced water usage, and a sanctuary for beneficial insects.

Before launching a campaign against clover, consider the broader implications and the possibilities that a lawn with clover could offer.


Clover in your lawn doesn’t have to be the end of the world. By understanding the reasons behind its growth, thoughtful management, and a well-crafted lawn care routine, you can enjoy a beautiful, clover-free lawn. 

Or, you can embrace the diversity and eco-benefits clover provides, and choose to nurture a grassy habitat that works in harmony with this versatile and valuable plant. The choice is yours, but with this guide, you’re well-equipped to make that decision.

Ready to transform your lawn into the envy of the neighborhood?

Marshall’s Tree Service and Landscaping LLC offers expert solutions for clover eradication and comprehensive lawn care to ensure your grass is lush, healthy, and vibrant. 

We also provide pruning, tree installation, landscaping, pest control, and tree removal services in the Plantation, East Fort Lauderdale, and Davie regions. 

To schedule a free review or learn more about our tree trimming and landscaping services in Broward County, call us at (754) 235-1926 or (786) 738-4886. You can also reach us at melchionnoj@yahoo.com or fill out our contact form to hear back from us.