Broadleaf Weed – Red Clover

(Trifolium pratense)

Also commonly known as Dutch clover, Honeysuckle clover, White trefoil and Purplewort, Red Clover is a creeping perennial broadleaf weed that can be found in most United States. Red Clover thrives in wet to dry meadows, forests and paths, growing best on well-drained loam soil and also adapting to wetter soils.       

Identifying Red Clover -

Red Clover features leaves that are dark green with three leaflets, parallel running veins and a white, crescent-shaped mark on each leaflet. The perennial weed also has large, hairy petioles and features no stalk on middle leaflet. “Dutch Clover” flowers are typically pinkish red in color and round in shape.

Red Clover is distinguishable from White Clover in that it generally displays more upright, clump-forming growth habits and features larger, more elongated leaflets. Contact a Scotts LawnService representative before treating if you are unsure whether a weed is Red/Dutch Clover or White Clover.

Red Clover Control -

Red Clover can be controlled with cultural practices, including proper lawn mowing and watering. 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.

Red Clover

Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Red Clover 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 premium grass seeds and professional-grade fertilizers; our lawn service teams consist of highly trained, industry-certified professionals. Contact a representative today for Red Clover control options available in your area and to learn how you can enjoy a lush, thicker lawn that only Scotts LawnService can deliver.