White Clover [Trifolium repens]
While clover is one of the most recognisable and common lawn weeds in the UK. It is a
perennial plant found in all types of turf from grassy areas to fine turf lawns.
White clover is a major weed in lawns as it has a low growth habit that can thrive on closely
mown lawns. It spreads with creeping runners known as stolons.
The trifoliate leaves consist of three leaflets with fine teeth running along the edges. A
whitish band appears on the base of the leaflets.
White clover flowers are up to 13 in diameter and can be seen between May and September. They
are white or cream in colour, eventually turning brown as they age.
White clover can grow in most soil conditions, but favours heavy, nutrient soils.
Hand weeding may prove very difficult
for white clover because of its growth habit. In most cases a selective weed killer will be needed
for effective control.
When using chemicals on the lawn or anywhere else in the garden always wear the correct
protective equipment and clothing.
It is important to read the product label and follow the manufacturers health & safety
recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.