How To Kill White Clover
White Clover is noticeable by its white, ball like flowers, which can often contain fragments of yellow or beige colourings. Its trifoliate green leaves grow on creeping stems which quickly grow, to spread the weed, and growing the plant into often becoming large weeds, as well as propagating new plants that will quickly take control of a lawn if left untreated.
White Clover is often seen as a nuisance when it invades lawns, creating an unsightly appearance. As a natural and preferred food source for bees, White Clover is often removed as a means of controlling bees and possible bee stings to children.
Spreading Of Clover
White Clover can be difficult to kill or eradicate in our lawns because it can propagate from many sources. Seeds can spread the weed, as well as the running stems (stolons) propagating new plants. But that's not all, even small pieces of the stems that can fall onto the lawn, may propagate a new weed, even during lawn mowing, it is important to take care that pieces of the chopped up Clover aren't re-deposited back onto the lawn from the back of the lawn mower catcher.
Clover Can Be A Sign Of Other Problems
Clover requires a pH neutral environment in which to flourish, and often having a significant and healthy clover invasion means that the lawn soil may often be lacking in Nitrogen.
Cultural Management Of Clover
Always mow lawns with a catcher and ensure the catcher is in good condition so that particles from the clover plant are not discharged through cracks in the lawn mower catcher.
Be sure not to drop pieces of chopped up clover onto lawns if removing the clover by hand.
Apply a nitrogen rich fertiliser, and ensure lawn health is increased with proper nutrients, mowing regularity, and correct lawn watering.
Hand pulling small infestations of Clover may be an option, as long as the weed is not too established and too strong. Try to remove the roots along with the plant. Expect re-growth of the weed in some cases, followed by its continued removal by us. Removing large and established infestations by hand is often a pointless exercise, as the smaller, newer weeds are often missed, so it will be important to repeat the removal of the clover at every time it appears again, and when the weeds are at their youngest and weakest.
Clover Herbicide Control
Herbicides to kill White Clover are available to the general public from our local nursery. The nursery will supply the herbicide in concentrated form in bottles. The clover herbicide will usually need to be diluted in water before application by spraying or watering can.
Always take care, and always follow manufacturers recommendations when using herbicides on home lawns.