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Lawn Additive Clovers for Lawn Health and Bee Health

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    Did you know American’s use to include clovers in all of our lawns for improved soil health before the chemical agricultural age after WWII? 

    Clovers fix nitrogen in your soil and create a healthy environment for the soil organisms supporting your grass's vitality. Your soil health is the most important thing for the health of your lawn. The soil bacteria and fungi actually need to break down the nutrients {nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus} so they are bioavailable for your plants. Add chemical fertilizers might help the profit margins for chemical companies but they damage the relationship between the soils "farm workers" aka microbes and your plants requiring more and more outsourced inputs. A good business plan but bad for your lawn. Adding clovers can improve your lawns health and look while reducing the amount of inputs you need to buy. 

    They are also great for the bees. Instead of creating food deserts for the bees with our lawns we can bring nature back home. 

    You can add them to your lawn, fill in troubled spots (clovers are easier to grow on less water) or create a whole lawn of clover. A clover or partial clover lawn is an environmentally sustainable alternatives to their thirsty, work-intensive lawns. Consequently, clover lawns have gained popularity in recent years. A clover lawn can be a low-cost, low-maintenance alternative to traditional turf lawns—especially in shady or problem areas of your yard. 

    This blend includes:

    White Dutch Clover

    • pure clover - for low to moderate foot-traffic
    • mixed grass/clover - for moderate to high foot-traffic

    Of the two, the best choice for most people and situations is the mixed grass/clover lawn. You can either over seed clover into your existing lawn or begin one from scratch.

    If a clover lawn is right for you, there are many advantages over traditional bluegrass or bermuda grass lawns.

    • Never needs fertilizer. Clover is a nitrogen-fixer, which means it takes nitrogen from the air, via bacteria living in nodules on the roots. This allows the plant to “create” fertilizer for itself and other nearby plants. This means that grass intermixed with clover is healthier and greener than grass seeded alone.
    • Little watering. In many regions clover is fairly drought-tolerant when added to a traditional lawn. It has longer roots than most lawn grasses, enabling it to access water held deeper in the soil. (However, clover is not as drought-tolerant when seeded alone at the density of a lawn.)
    • Spring green-up/winter color. Clover greens-up in early spring and remains green until winter. In warmer regions such as the Southern US, it may remain green all year
    • Little mowing. Clover grows 2-8” tall and requires little mowing to keep it manicured. You may decide to mow in midsummer to remove dead blooms, neaten the appearance, or prevent additional blooming.
    • No herbicides/out-competes weeds. Some herbicides kill clover, but once established clover can be persistent to the point of out-competing most other weeds. Weeds that do establish can be hand-rouged or spot-treated with an appropriate herbicide.
    • Grows in poor soil. Clover tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions, including poor-draining soils and low quality soils exposed by new construction. Clover also tolerates compacted soil better than lawn grasses, and therefore needs little to no seasonal aeration.
    • Terrific texture/smell. Soft and cool, clover feels great on bare feet. Clover also has a mild, pleasing aroma and attractive blooms.
    • No more dog spots. The urine of female dogs discolors lawn grasses; clover is unaffected.

    Coverage:

    1,000 sq ft = 2lb