Trifolium spp.

What is Clover

Clover is a very common weed of lawns. Clover has leaves with three leaflets and creeping stems that set roots at whatever point they touch the ground. Most species flower in shades of white (such as White Clover - Trifolium repens), pink (such as Strawberry Clover - Trifolium fragiferam) and purple.

White Clover, as with various other members of the pea family (Fabaceae), can fix nitrogen from the air to use as nutrients for leafy growth. As such, White Clover favours poorly fertilised lawns. One method of preventing clovers from taking hold is to make sure your lawn is growing strongly and is well fertilised during the warmer growing months.

Some home owners grow a complete lawn using clover and in these cases, should never use selective herbicides on Clover lawns.


How to protect your plants

For lawns: During the warmer growing months, prevent clovers taking hold by ensuring your lawn is well fertilised. Apply a selective herbicide every 3 weeks (or otherwise as directed as per label instructions) until weeds have been adequately controlled.

In garden beds: Spot spray with a non-selective weedkiller. 


Plants impacted

  • Lawn
  • Turf
  • Garden Beds

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