Clover mixed in with the grass seed at about 20 to 1 grass / clover could make the perfect lawn of the future. Just as it once
did in the past!
The Clover and Grass Combination Lawn:
The clover invading your lawn in surly clumps from adjacent lawns and fields may be what you're accustomed to seeing and trying to get rid of. But did you know that in the days of old, before man-made herbicides, that clover combined with grass was practically a requirement for the perfect lawn?
Although the arrival of synthetic weed killers were a blessing for most people, they had the unfortunate side effect of killing clover with the rest of the broad leaf weeds. So our new "perfect lawn" would have to get by without the beloved white clover.
It's been a long time since a bag of grass seed included approximately 5% clover seed. Grass seed was even considered by many to be of a better quality if it had a higher clover ratio. White clover was considered a normal part of the perfect North American lawn before man-made herbicides arrived on the scene.
Lets look at the pros and cons of over-seeding
lawn with clover:
* Clover is drought resistant and when evenly distributed in the correct combination with grass, makes the lawn look full-bodied and green even though the grass itself might be distressed and going dormant.
* Clover demands less water and should dramatically reduce your water usage and lawn watering costs, saving you money.
* Clover is considered good competition to other weeds that would like to set up shop on the lawn. Shading out weeds before they germinate is among the best of weed control strategies.
* Clover is more resistant to dog spots left by some dogs when they urinate.
* Clover is capable of nitrogen fixing. They're infected by a ground bacteria that causes them to form nitrogen fixing nodules on their roots which help the clover to turn nitrogen gas in the air into valuable nitrogen in the soil that the plants can use for nourishment. That means less nitrogen applications will be required for your lawn each year - saving you even more money! Remember to mulch rather than bag when
* A properly managed grass / clover mix can not only out-compete most other weeds but it can conceal weeds to the extent that they are far less noticeable compared to weeds on a 100% grass lawn.
* Clover is cushy and kid friendly, but it's downfall is that it won't hold up well to heavy traffic. This is where the clover
and grass combination provides the perfect solution to everyday use as the grass is better able to resist wear and tear.
* Clover tolerates mowing comfortably and will even put up with lower settings on the lawnmower .
* Clover doesn't require mowing as often as a grass.
* The blooms of clover attract honey bees that will be welcomed by some
people, and nerve-wracking for the people with bee allergies. Mowing the flowers during the blooming season will help alleviate the threat.
* You likely won't find grass seed blended with clover seed these days but you can still purchase clover seeds from garden supply or seed supply retailers - just Google "White Clover Seed".
* Common white clover (Dutch Clover) is regarded either as intermediate or small but there are also large (ladino), intermediate (Louisiana white) and small (English or NY wild).
* Follow the planting directions given to you by the local supplier. Clover requires watering during germination and should germinate in 7 to 10 days. The best time to seed clover is in the spring and the seed itself is very affordable.
* If you don't mind having to mow as much, having to fertilize as much, or having to water as much, a clover / grass blend may be just what you're looking for to keep that lawn appearing it's best, even during the dry summertime months!