We have a neighbor with a perfect lawn. His grass is thick and bright green and no weed would dare rear it's seedy head. I have no doubt that he peers across the street at our lot full of clover, dandelions and chicory and cringes. Yet, as St. Patrick's Day approaches, Sweet Hippie Daughter made an astute observation; "I feel bad for him. He doesn't have any clover and if you don't have any clover you can never get lucky."
Poor guy. Maybe he doesn't know what he's missing.
by not growing clover.
What were you thinking? Sheesh! (hehehe)
Actually, there is a great deal to be said for allowing clover to grow in your yard.
Clover provides nitrogen to the plants it shares soil with, so it actually fertilizes the grass in your yard.
Clover grows slower than grass and doesn't get as tall so you will have more time to figure out the path to that elusive pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow. Also, less mowing means less burning of fuel which is good for the planet and for your wallet!
Clover is great for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. While you may find the idea of a yard full of bees to be a little scary the truth is most bees want nothing to do with you - especially when such abundance surrounds them. The are busy sucking up as much pollen as they can find. Also, while stings are certainly unpleasant, bees are vitally important to the success of many of our crops and the changes in industrial farming in the past decade or so have created an increasingly difficult environment for them to thrive in.
Clover smells wonderful on a warm, sunny day and feels like walking on a cool, soft pillow in your bare feet.
Historically, clover was always considered part of a pretty lawn. It was even sold as part of most lawn seed mixes. It was actually the fertilizer and herbicide companies that convinced people that clover was no good, because they couldn't figure out how to create a chemical that would kill weeds and leave clover. So, if you let clover grow in your lawn, you're standing up to The Man.
Clover needs very little water. Even in dry years, you won't need to water your lawn very often, if at all.
Clover is so pervasive that it will actually choke out many other types of weeds that might try to establish themselves in your lawn.
When the dog does his business in the yard, clover won't be affected as grass is.
Finally, a really great clover-filled yard could attract all kinds of fairies and leprechauns and other various magical creatures. With all that magic in you yard, you just never know when you might get lucky. *wink*
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Thank you and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Are you, too, seeking to save the earth, promote world peace and raise productive citizens without expending too much effort?
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