Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: My clover lawn
My neighbors know I’m not into chemicals and I know they are. It’s okay! People understand that having pollinator friendly landscapes is a benefit to all of us. There’s also trying to be respectful to those you live around. That means my clover-filled lawn is kept mowed at a certain height.
During the heat of summer, lawns should be a little higher, about 3 inches to stave off drought. This also allows for the clover to flower bringing in the bees and yet it is kept low to look neat.
One question I was asked is if the flowers come back after mowing. The answer is yes! Over and over!
Do I have a perfect green grass “lawn”, nope. #sorrynotsorry.
Someone also asked me if i had planted a certain type of clover. No, I didn’t plant it at all. It’s naturally, repeat, NATURALLY, in my lawn.
There’s white and a few areas of pink clover too. Intrigued by that question, I did a little research. Dutch White Clover (Trifolium repens) because it is relatively low growing, tolerates close mowing, and out competes other foreign weeds.
Get this, Clover, like all legumes, takes nitrogen from the air and through a chemical reaction, deposits it in the ground as an absorbable fertilizer. In lawns, it provides a constant trickle of of fertilizer to itself and surrounding grasses. Clover is drought tolerant too!
PS, I’m not fond of plantain, and hand dug some until my hand said no more!!