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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Losing the Grass Battle

For years we have been struggling with growing a nice lawn in our yard.  Between the of lack of rain and water bans in our town, trying to reduce the amount of water we consume; grubs, ants, weeds and moss as well as the city by-law ban on using any pesticdes, etc. our lawn looks pretty sad.   

We've tried re-seeding every year, however there are certain spots that grass just won't grow.  We even tried laying sod, but still there are spots where it just won't grow.

In my search for a lawn alternative a friend suggested clover and thought I'd give it a try.   In our front yard there is quite a large patch of clover and it has been getting bigger each year.  Our local Home Hardware carries clover and I made a mix of both clover and grass seed and overseeded our lawn.   It hasn't taken long for the clover to sprout and our cool and rainy April has sure helped.
Clover seed

Clover sprouting
White Clover is a great grass alternative for those looking for an eco-friendly lawn.   Clover is a perennial plant that tolerates dry soils, but also thrives during wet and cool weather.  It requires less watering than grass and does not need to be fertilized as it has the ability to use atmospheric nitrogen and it improves the quality of your soil without aeration.   You don't need to mow a white clover lawn as it is a low growing plant.  It is disease free and almost pest free too.  It will also attract good insects such as honeybees and other insects that prey on pesky garden bugs.  And....... it stays green, even in dry conditions.

Some like to mow it to remove the white flower when in bloom, but keep in mind that clover will reseed itself through it's flower.  Cutting off the flower won't allow the clover to reseed and you will need to reseed manually.

Benefits:
Less mowing (if any)
Less watering
No fertilizer required
Disease free
Bug resistant
Low maintenance
Less work

 

1 comment:

  1. We have a lot of clover in our yard. The rabbits love it, so I hope it keeps them happy and out of the garden! We're trying to encourage the moss to grow in the shady areas, so we'll have less mowing.

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