Most homeowners want their lawns to be flawless without any unwanted growth or weeds affecting the look of the lawn. There are a few types of growths such as clover that come through grass patches in a yard, but not all of them are so bad. In fact, some homeowners add clover to their lawns for the great benefits that come with them. Keep reading to find out whether or not clover would be a good addition to your lawn.
Should You Add Clover to Your Lawn?
What Is Clover and Why Is It on Lawns?
Clover is known for its flowers that are pollinator friendly and their uniquely shaped leaves. Clover was originally brought into America around the 1600s and originated in the Mediterranean. Farmers made massive use of the vegetation as a crop cover as well as food for their livestock. While clover provided many benefits for the farmland and livestock, unfortunately over the years it became classified as a weed and shunned by homeowners and landscapers. Nonetheless, today, there are three types of clovers that are used for appearances and benefits on a lawn.
White clover is the most found clover in the US. Note that white clover attracts bees. Therefore, if you add white clover to your lawn, there is a good chance it will be covered in bees!
Red clover is known for the beautiful shades of red and purple that it produces and is the tallest of the clover species.
Micro clover is a new cultivate of the clover species and is being added to more and more lawns due to its smaller leaves and the fact that it grows closer to the ground.
Benefits of Clover in Your Lawn
There is absolutely nothing wrong with adding clover to your existing lawn as there are some incredible benefits that it could provide. Clover is capable of something not a lot of homeowners and landscapers know about. Clover has the capability of fixing nitrogen levels not just for itself but for the plants around it as well. This process ends up creating natural fertilizer for the soil around plants and close-by areas. There are further benefits to adding clover to your lawn as well. Take a look!
Clover requires minimal maintenance
If you are designing a drought-tolerant garden, then clover is a fantastic option to include in the landscape. Clover requires little watering, but will still keep a beautiful color throughout the year.
You do not need to constantly mow the lawn with clover
Clovers are a low-growing species and do not reach big heights in a short period of time. This means that there will be less lawn mowing every year.
An effective garden usually has an effective ecosystem with bugs and birds contributing to the environment. Adding clover to your lawn will attract insects that are beneficial and can help pollinate the yard. Clover also attracts bugs that consume aphids as well as whiteflies, which can be pests to a yard when they are eating leaves and damaging plants.
As mentioned earlier, clover can create fertile soil for itself and surrounding plants. As a result, it never requires additional fertilizer. This will not only save you time and effort, but it will also save you money on expensive fertilizers – while still having a green lawn. Clover also grows in poor soil, so there will be no need to try and improve it before planting the clover.
Clover vs Weeds
Lastly, clover takes the win when competing against weeds on the lawn. The dense root structure of clover lessens the chance for the weeds to grow and steal any nutrients from the area.
Additional Information: The Clover Option – University of California
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