In the 40’s and 50’s clover was a common component of lawn seed mixes.  As a result, it is one of the most common weeds today.


Did you know that:

  • Clover can be a perennial or an annual weed, depending on the species.
  • There are many varieties of clover.
  • White and red are the 2 major varieties.
  • Its flowers attract bees and other insects.
  • Clover is a shallow rooted weed with creeping stems and roots at the nodes.
  • It reproduces by seeds and by creeping stolons.
  • Clover does not do well in acidic soil.
  • It can be an indication that the soil is lacking in nitrogen.
  • It can tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions.
  • It is capable of fixing its own nitrogen, which enables it to thrive in unfertilized areas.


Clover grows well in..

  • Temperatures of 50-85 degrees
  • Nitrogen depleted soil
  • In moist areas

red clover

Below are some cultural ways to control clover:

  • The primary control against clover is to make the lawn healthier to out-compete the clover.
  • Let the grass grow taller – clover dies out in shade.
  • Increase nitrogen and decrease phosphorous.
  • Aerate and over-seed for proper drainage and to thicken the turf.


Don’t be run over with clover…

Call Sterling Insect & Lawn Control (207) 767-5555