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Four-Leaf Clover is Good Luck for your Lawn

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

If you think that the four-leaf clover is an enemy of your lawn, you may not know the wonderful benefits that it can offer your lawn. In fact, the four-leaf clover is your lawn's best friend.

We all know that the four-leaf clover is an old Irish symbol of luck and prosperity. But what happens when you find patches of clover in your lawn? Your first reaction might be to regard the clover as a weed. But is the clover in your lawn is an advantage or a problem?

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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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The Martyr Plant

Believe it or not, clover is actually beneficial to the growth and development of your lawn in several ways. The internal structure of clover is specially made to take the nitrogen out of the air and provide it to your lawn. This is why clover is much greener in color than the grass blades around it.

Because clover is so beneficial to grass, it used to be fused with grass seed to help lawns grow faster. Specific types of clover, such as Dutch white clover, also help your lawn resist pests and require less fertilizer. However, if you are dead set on removing the clover from your lawn, follow these steps.

Ridding Clover from Your Lawn:

  • Keep your lawn thick and dense by watering and frequent mowing
  • Use a cornmeal application, 10 pounds for every 1,000 square feet
  • When used carefully, chemicals such as dishwashing detergent can also be effective

Whether you see the clover in your lawn as a sign of good luck or a weed to be destroyed, knowing all the information before you act can assure you that you're making the right decision.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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