Clover, the Ecological Lawn Alternative: How to Start & Growing Tips
Is a Polyculture Lawn Right for You?
Do you have a lawn of grass that requires frequent cutting, watering, and commercial fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides to keep it "healthy" and attractive? With the ban of pesticides in many communities, your lawn may not be as green as you would like. Not to mention that frequent water conservation restrictions in the heat of summer make your lawn suffer, too. And a high-maintenance all-grass lawn isn't healthy for you, your family and pets, the ecosystem, or the environment.
Now may be the perfect time begin a low-cost and easy-to-start environmentally friendly landscaping alternative: blend clover into your existing grass lawn to create a "polyculture lawn."
Clover Lawns: Easy Start Directions and Maintenance Tips
Would you like a lawn that is green, healthy for your family and pets, and contributes many benefits to the ecosystem and environment?
A White Dutch Clover lawnscaped yard may be your answer!
- Overseed existing lawns for best results.
- The best time to seed is late spring to early summer.
- Keep soil moist until seeds sprout. Approximate time needed is about 2 weeks.
- Using the recommended cut height—no shorter than three inches—aids in weed prevention.
- Fertilizing with composted material increases growth rate.
- Overseed and fertilize again in the fall season.
It take a few years to convert your lawn, but is well worth the wait.
White Dutch Clover Seed
One of the 2 most popular clover varieties. If you would prefer Micro-Clover, click through. It may be on the bottom of the Amazon page.
Learn More About Clover Lawns From a Couple of Well-Known Experts on HGTV
Did you know...?
Clover used to grow naturally in lawns.
Historically clover commonly grew naturally in our lawns.
The introduction and use of herbicides eradicated the broadleaf weeds, but removed deep-rooted clover, too. Without clover helping to absorb water, shallow-rooted lawns require the use of more water to keep them green. When herbicides remove the weeds, the lawn needs more water to keep the grass growing to fill the holes left by the weeds.
See a detrimental and never-ending cycle here? Me, too.
The herbicide companies love it.
Top 10 Reasons to Start an Ecological Clover Lawn
This is a partial list of my random reasons.
Can you think of more?
- Low Maintenance
- Conserves Water
- Environmentally beneficial to bees, butterflies, and earthworms
- Covered with white flowers in the spring
- Green even in the heat of summer
- Smells wonderful
- Attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies to your gardens.
Would you like to add other benefits of creating a Clover Lawn to this list?
Add your comment at the end of the article.
Did you know...?
Clover lawns entice beneficial pollinators like butterflies and bees to your gardens.
Would You Like a Totally Free Lawn? - Well, I Sure Do
Great tips shared by a charming narrator, with a little humor which usually wins me over.
No water or weed killers, and uses an environmentally-friendly push reel lawn mower.
No ear-splitting noise, noxious fumes, or dependence on fossil fuels.
Great Website supporting Clover as an Alternative Lawn Idea
- Ecological Gardening: The Polyculture Lawn: A Primer
During a recent conservation/climate change seminar, I happened to comment about the relationship of home gardens to natural areas; how we need to cease thinking of nature as being something over there, while...
White Dutch Clover Lawns are great, but may not be for everyone. This article gives some pros and cons and discusses the micro-clover alternative. My take on this article? Use clover, but plant in less travelled areas.
- Clover becoming popular lawn choice - Chicago Tribune
Proponents of organic lawn care are pushing to bring clover back to wide use as a lawn plant, mixed with more conventional turf grasses.