How to Get Rid of Cloverleaf in Lawn Naturally

Cloverleaf, or leaf clover, is a weed that commonly grows in nitrogen-poor soil. Contrary to popular belief, the weed contains three compound leaves -- not four -- and grows from seeds that germinate in the late fall and winter and mature during the spring and summer. If this broadleaf vegetation overruns your lawn, consider a natural alternative to chemical herbicides. Natural techniques to get rid of cloverleaf are safer for people, pets and the environment.

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Clover produces nitrogen.

Step 1

Pull cloverleaf out of your lawn by hand, if small amounts are present. When you remove the cloverleaf, be sure to remove the roots. If you do not, the clover will grow right back.

Step 2

Saturate larger patches of cloverleaf with a solution of white vinegar and dish soap on a sunny day. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar, add a squirt of dish soap and give the bottle a shake. The vinegar solution will cause the clover to yellow and wilt within hours.

Step 3

Set your lawn mower to a height between 2 1/2 to 3 inches during mowing. Cutting at this height encourages good grass growth. A healthy, lush lawn chokes-out cloverleaf and other weeds.

Step 4

Apply cornmeal to your lawn to control cloverleaf. Broadcast (spread) by hand or with a lawn spreader at rate of 20 lbs. for every 1,000 square-feet, cornmeal acts as a nitrogen fertilizer that suppresses clover.


Jonae Fredericks

Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.