Thursday, October 11, 2012

In clover

A clover lawn is a healthy lawn

It's been cool and rainy in my corner of the world for several days now. The weather forecaster says October has been rather gloomy so far. That may be true, but if you want to add clover to your existing lawn or plant clover on its own, this weather is ideal for starting Dutch White Clover seed.

Why clover? Well, for one thing, it's quite nice to look at and is very beneficial for the soil. Clover is also low-maintenance and environmentally friendly. It offers these benefits:

1. ability to withstand drought
2. thrives in poor soil 
3. heals soil that's nitrogen-deficient
4. supplies nitrogen to other plants
5. reduces the need to fertilize
6. clover flowers attract bees

Using clover has helped me reduce a 5,000 square foot lawn to one that is now about 1,500 square feet. Green and healthy, my smaller lawn is organic, easy to maintain and more drought resistant. Converting a large lawn into a smaller one is more of a process than a project. And it's easier than you think.  

Read more about clover here and I also recommend this excellent article at The Old Farmer's Almanac.

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