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Not All Clovers Are Lucky

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Are clovers slowly taking over your lawn? What better time of year to discuss how to get rid of clover in your lawn, than St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Unless you have a lawn covered in four-leaf clovers and several other plants full of luck, I’m sure you are looking for a way to remove these weeds.


Here are a few tips to rid your yard of clovers:

  1. Creating a healthy, well-fertilized grass lawn will prevent clovers and other weeds from growing on your lawn. Growing thick and strong grass leaves no room for any other weeds, such as clover, to grow.
  2. When mowing your lawn mow higher than 3 inches tall to give your grass an advantage over the clover. If the grass blocks the clovers from the sun, then the clover will be unable to grow.
  3. Simply remove it manually before it spreads. Clover can reproduce quickly, so when you begin to see it in your lawn, just pull It up. Be sure that you pull the roots out, or clovers will grow back in its place with the remaining roots.
  4. Another way to remove clovers from your yard, would be to deprive them of sun and oxygen through covering them with a sheet, such a garbage bag. Ensure that it is secured to the ground so it doesn’t blow away. The risk is that this will kill just about everything beneath it, which means you need to be sure it is a large patch of clovers, as to not damage your grass.
  5. Lastly, vinegar will kill the clovers, as it raises their pH level beyond their tolerance. This is an easy and cheap method, but you need to be careful when applying this as well, because it can affect other plants.

Looking to avoid pesticides, here's a homemade recipe to use instead: Mix a gallon with an ounce of dish soap and spray on the clovers.

Fun fact: If you are searching for a four-leaf clover this holiday weekend just know, your odds of finding one are quite slim. There is one four-leaf clover for every ten thousand three-leaf clovers.

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