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House to House: Adding Clover to Your Lawn A Good Thing?
25 October 2011 - 21:07, by , in House To House, 2 comments

Clover4-300x199In my house we consider the search for 4-leaf clovers fun, but fun playing in the weeds that my husband is working to rid our yard of.

According to NaturesFinestSeed, clover is actually good for our lawn – I can’t wait to spring that one on him.

Here’s recent article by Rob Wendell, CEO of NaturesFinestSeed (a division of Granite Seed Company (NFS)) reprinted here with permission of the company:

Prior to the 1950s, clover was a part of most grass seed mixes for lawns. Clover’s ability to reseed itself and stay green was considered an advantage in the pursuit of a beautiful, green lawn. Over the years lawn seed mixes have generally dropped the clover and gone with all grasses, but this is not necessarily a good idea. Clover lawns are making a comeback due to clover’s drought-tolerant and low-maintenance qualities.

Clover used to be added in grass seed mixtures because it held so many nitrogen nutrients that helped lawn grow lush and full. In fact, every time you mow your lawn you are adding the clover clippings back into the ground and spurring incredible growth.

Low-Traffic

White clover has flowers that bees love. That’s where you get clover honey. That’s also why a clover yard is best in low-traffic areas–you wouldn’t want to step on those bees. Clover grows two to eight inches tall and needs little to no mowing. Clover is rich in nitrogen and successful at crowding out other weeds. It also naturally helps to keep out chinch bugs that eat grass–especially St. Augustine, bermuda, and zoysia grasses.

Clovers sweet smell attracts bees during the spring and summer months. More bees on your lawn mean that there will be an increase in cross-pollination of flowers which is beneficial to your garden.

White Flowers

Clover is lush to walk on, and you can keep it mowed to avoid the white flowers that attract those bees that can sting bare feet. However, due to colony collapse, clover fields do a great job to help bees survive. Parkways or perimeters landscaped with clover might offer a perennial green look that you love.

Clover is not in the same category as the dandelion (looks beautiful but is really harmful). Clover looks beautiful, smells great, and is a virtual nutrient bank for your lawn. Instead of getting rid of the clover, you should appreciate it for the many life-giving benefits that it offers your lawn.

One of the overlooked benefits of a clover filled lawn is that the clover actually crowds out a lot of the other weeds that are more harmful to your lawn. Clover takes up the space that various molds and mildews might otherwise occupy.

If you have never walked barefoot through a lawn filled with clover, you are missing out on one of the greatest feelings in the world. Clover is so soft and supple. It feels much better than natural grass and smells better, also.

House to House is writtenby Amy Glover Bryant, APR and distributed weekly by the Arkansas Realtors® Association.

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2 Comments on "House to House: Adding Clover to Your Lawn A Good Thing?"

Joshua Solomon - 26 October 2011

Great article Amy, I remember going out to the playground during recess in elementary school and picking hundreds of four-leaf clovers. My friend and I would dry them and put them, along with some small flowers, in those hard plastic baseball card covers, glue a magnet on the back, and sell them to the neighbors for a buck a piece. It's a good memory. Here are some more benefits of clover in lawns: Never needs fertilizerClover is a nitrogen-fixer, which means it takes nitrogen from the air, via bacteria living in nodules on the roots. This allows the plant to “create” fertilizer for itself and other nearby plants. This means that grass intermixed with clover is healthier and greener than grass seeded alone. Little watering. In many regions clover is fairly drought-tolerant when added to a traditional lawn. It has longer roots than most lawn grasses, enabling it to access water held deeper in the soil. (However, clover is not as drought-tolerant when seeded alone at the density of a lawn.) Spring green-up/winter color. Clover greens-up in early spring and remains green until winter. In warmer regions such as the Southern US, it may remain green all year. Little mowing. Clover grows 2-8” tall and requires little mowing to keep it manicured. You may decide to mow in midsummer to remove dead blooms, neaten the appearance, or prevent additional blooming. No herbicides/out-competes weeds. Some herbicides kill clover, but once established clover can be persistent to the point of out-competing most other weeds. Weeds that do establish can be hand-rouged or spot-treated with an appropriate herbicide. Grows in poor soil. Clover tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions, including poor-draining soils and low quality soils exposed by new construction. Clover also tolerates compacted soil better than lawn grasses, and therefore needs little to no seasonal aeration. Terrific texture/smell. Soft and cool, clover feels great on bare feet. Clover also has a mild, pleasing aroma and attractive blooms. No more dog spots. The urine of female dogs discolors lawn grasses; clover is unaffected.

Seeding Lawn - 13 November 2011

I enjoy, cause I discovered exactly what I was having a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye