Broadleaf Weed – Birdsfoot Trefoil

(Lotus corniculatus)

Known by a myriad of names, including Bloom-fell, Cats clover, Crow-toes, Ground Honeysuckle, Sheep-foot and Devil’s-claw, Birdsfoot Trefoil is a perennial weed that is often found in turf grasses and also along roadsides and waste areas. Lotus corniculatus is found throughout much of the continental United States.   

Identifying Birdsfoot Trefoil -

Birdsfoot Trefoil is identified as a low-growing, mat-forming weed. Its stems can become woody with age and are square at the top and round at the base, with or without hairs. “Ground Honeysuckle” also features well-developed rhizomes and stolons and has a coarse secondary root system. The weed resembles clover, but has two leaf-like stipules at the base of the petioles.

Birdsfoot Trefoil this perennial weed flowers in late spring and blooms throughout the summer, producing small, yellow flowers forming a legume shape. Reproduction is by seed, stolons and rhizomes.

Birdsfoot Trefoil Control -

Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Birdsfoot Trefoil by creating dense turf, which inhibits the weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) can be effective, although you will run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping.

Birdsfoot Trefoil

Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Birdsfoot Trefoil in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.

Scotts LawnService is the trusted industry leader for professional quality lawn care. Our exclusive lawn care products include professionally applied systemic herbicides that are designed to control tough-to-kill weeds like Birdsfoot Trefoil.  Our lawn service teams are made up of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Birdsfoot Trefoil control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.