A Sustainable Lawn of Clover?

| June 8, 2012

While I was out spraying the lawn with bokashi tea this morning I noticed there were certain areas where clover was growing.

Of course I did little research and found the following about clover:

  • Resistant to dog urine (that’s a biggie in our house)
  • Drought resistantClover
  • Attracts beneficial insects such as honeybees
  • Does not require fertilizer
  • Grows 3 to 6 inches in height
  • Maintains deep green color
  • Has a longer growing season than grass
  • Grows as a compliment to grass
  • Crowds out weeds
  • Grabs nitrogen from air and feeds itself and plants around it
  • Improves soil quality

Tell me something? Why do we fight so hard to maintain grass lawns when adding clover to the lawn makes so much more sense on so many levels?

From the way I see it, the only time you need to mow a clover lawn is when the little white flowers show and that’s only if you don’t want to have too many honeybees. Otherwise, it won’t grow much longer than 6 inches max.

I guess the marketing experts really snowed us on this one too. The next time I re-seed any part of the lawn, I’m going to re-seed it with clover. No more grass seeds for me.

Additional Reading:

Lawn Chemical Addictions & the Clover Alternative

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Felicia is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment.

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  1. Joni says:

    Thank you for your kind words and prayer. And I will listen to that info. Anything that will help.
    Keep up that garden.
    Joni

  2. Joni says:

    I completely agree!!! I’ve been thinking about what type of ground cover I want and you have answered my question. I want as little grass as possible eventually…clover sounds perfect. (Sorry I have not replied much; my mom had a stroke on May 1st (she ok) and we are all getting into the routine of taking care of her. She was lucky in that it was not a serious one but they says usually if you have one you have another so I’ve been quite busy with her. Prayer would be appreciated. Thanks).
    I’m still reading your blogs just haven’t had time to reply. Looks good so far.
    Take care,
    Joni

    • Felicia says:

      Oh Joni, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I’ll be praying for you, her and your family.

      When strokes hit a family, there’s a new normal for an extended period of time. Hopefully things will get back to the old normal as quickly as possible.

      I don’t know if it helps, but there’s a brain scientist, Jill Bolte Taylor, who tells her story of having a massive stroke and how she had to fight her way back. Here’s the link if you’re interested. It’s a little over 18 minutes long.

      My brother-in-law recently had a stroke, so I sort of understand what you’re going through. Hang in there!

  3. Crystal says:

    And you can get some good luck by finding a four-leaf clover! It’s obviously a win-win no matter how you look at it.