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Clover (Trifolium spp). is a common weed of lawns and may also invade garden beds. It has leaves with three leaflets and either white or pink flowers. It invades by its creeping stems that set roots wherever they touch the ground and is also spend by seed. Some forms of clover are included in lawn seed mixes to provide lush growth in winter and, as a legume, add nitrogen to the soil. Clover can be kept in check in lawns by mowing particularly where flowering is considered a nuisance as it attracts bees that may sting those using the lawn. Clover naturally dies back when conditions become hot or dry.

If clover is unwanted in the garden or lawn, remove it as soon as it appears to stop it from spreading. Get rid of small clumps by gently loosening the soil around the base with a trowel or weeding tool and be sure to remove all of the roots and rhizomes. Put weeds in the bin not the compost, as they may spread.

A natural remedy in small areas including paths and driveways is using boiling water or vinegar and liquid dishwashing soap, mixed together in a spray bottle and sprayed over clover clumps. Take care to avoid spraying surrounding, garden plants. A natural organic herbicide such as EarthCare Organic WeedKiller will also help to control clover. It’s a glyphosate-free, non-selective contact herbicide. Care must be taken when spraying near garden plants or lawns. Follow the directions on the container and ensure that all the parts of the leaf are totally covered with spray as it is a contact spray only. Repeat applications may be necessary.

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