Red Rover, Red Rover, Let the Clover Grow Over (my yard)
I wrote a piece over at Green Home Source last week about the clover that’s slowly taking over my lawn.
For years I tried to rid my lush green lawn of this ‘weed,’ with very little success. No success at all, really. The stuff is tough. I couldn’t find any kind of chemical that killed it, even the herbicides labeled as ‘great at killing clover.’ I’ve come to the realization that clover is indestructible.
Yet there I was, spending tons of money on nasty chemicals, and out in the grass on my hands and knees trying to pull it by hand with the use of a kitchen fork. (This doesn’t work either. Clover has a complex web of roots that go all over….impossible.)
Then, one day while mowing, I noticed something I hadn’t before. A bee on one of the small white clover flowers. And that got me thinking….Thinking about all the articles I’d been reading about the collapse of bee colonies around the world, and the terrible problems that poses to those of us who like to eat food that’s pollinated by bees.
Curious, I did a little research (i.e., a Google search)…and found out that bees love clover. In fact, if you check out honey at the store, you’ll notice that an awful lot of it is clover honey. And suddenly, it hit me: Why in the hell am I spending so much time and money trying to kill something that’s obviously beneficial???
That’s the moment I gave up worrying about clover. Life is so much easier now. I now love clover. Why? For exactly the same reasons I was trying so hard to kill it, for starters.
– It’s darn near impossible to kill.
– It’s incredibly drought resistant, much more so than the grass in my lawn. Less watering, more green!
– It’s really soft to walk on.
– It stays green without tons of chemical (or natural) fertilizers, unlike the grass that turns brown and dies if you look at it wrong. Clover fixes nitrogen, which means it takes nitrogen (fertilizer) from the atmosphere and deposits it in the soil. Basically, it makes its own fertilizer and improves poor soil.
– It doesn’t need mowing. It stays close to the ground.
– Its flowers are food for wildlife, like the bees. If my lawn clover helps to keep just one bee alive and healthy, it’s totally worth it.
I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! I’ve got several large patches in my lawn (like those pictured above) and every summer they get a bit bigger. My lawn care maintenance routine is time-consuming enough as it is, and it isn’t cheap. Why make it all the more so by combating the clover? I’m done!!
So again, read my other article here if you’d like. If you’d rather not, that’s cool too.