How can I get rid of clover in a way that won't be harmful to my dog?

Chriss Grijak
by Chriss Grijak

I don’t know what happened to my beautiful lawn in the backyard this year! When I look at it it’s completely white with clover! Can someone advise me on how to get rid of clover in my lawn and why it shows up in the first place? My dog loves to roll around in the grass so I need a safe method to destroy it. Thank you!

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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 06, 2019

    • Chriss Grijak Chriss Grijak on Jul 07, 2019

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thank you for your help. Just as I was getting ready to treat the clover earlier today my dog stepped on a bee and had a bad reaction to the bite. Even my vet said to get rid of the clover. 🐶

  • Here is a product that will work and it is safe:

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jul 06, 2019

    Fertilizers in/on lawn is really bad for grass growth & dog health,too much causes fast lush growth yet depletes soil/grass of nitrogen so you need to add more just a cycle of $ and chemicals.Really not good for dogs feet/skin/respiratory(nose in grass).What's wrong with having the clover? It's growing so much because the soil is lacking in nitrogen not healthy. FYI......A nitrogen-fixing plant, clover brings nutrients to your soil and requires no fertilization. Clovers have the ability to form a symbiotic relationship with soil-dwelling bacteria that enables the plants to take plant feeding Nitrogen out of the air, and so they kind of feed themselves.When mixed with other grasses, clover can reduce or eliminate the need for regular fertilizing. Clover is drought tolerant and grows despite lack of water once established.Clover is immune to “Dog Patches”. The urine of female dogs discolors lawn grasses. Clovers stays as green and lush as ever & cool for dog to lie in.Clover out competes other weeds, Clover easily out-competes most other weeds and reduces the need for weeding or expensive herbicides. Another benefit from having clover in your lawn is that it remains green during the hottest months of the year when the rest of your lawn may be turning brown. It also greens up early in the season and remains green until frost.The flowers of White Dutch (the type commonly found in lawns) and other wild clovers are an important nectar source for pollinating insects including bees. We need to do all we can as responsible stewards of our eco-system to promote as many bee–friendly places as we can. There’s only so much any of us can do and this may be one small thing- times many -that add up and can make a difference. Of Course this may mean mowing less frequently or as high as possible to avoid cutting off all the blooms each time you mow, but clover grows close to the ground and needs very little mowing in general. Keep the clover,let it help heal your soil/lawn, stop all the chemical treatments in your yard. Clover is a short-lived perennial and may require reseeding every 2-3 years to maintain an even stand in pure clover lawns. In mixed grass-clover lawns, clover will reseed itself adequately to maintain a consistent year start reseeding your lawn so with in next 2 yrs healthy soil from clover and thicker healthier grass that will keep clover from growing. or keep it mixed so you do not need chemicals like fertilizers or herbicides.

  • Think twice about getting rid of the clover, it adds nutrients back into the soil, doesn't need mowing, drought tolerant and soft and fluffy underfoot. I added clover to my back lawn last year and love it.

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    • Oh dear, that happens. So sorry. Luckily none of mine, nor the cats have had any bee issues . . . Yet. Do what is best for your family. 🌞