Six Sustainable Benefits of Clover in Your Lawn

butterfly on white clover

Clover in the lawn is one of the best things you can have. This butterfly agrees.

Thinking of patching your lawn with grass seed? Consider adding white clover seed instead, or a mix of clover and grass for a more sustainable lawn.

  1. Clover has small white flowers in summer that are good nectar providers for pollinators, like butterflies and bees.
  2. Clover is nitrogen fixing. This means it increases soil fertility by adding nitrogen to the soil, by taking it in from the air. Let the clover feed the lawn instead of chemical fertilizer.

Nitrogen is abundant in the world, but most of the nitrogen in the world is a gas and most plants can’t use nitrogen as a gas. Most plants must rely on the addition of nitrogen to the soil. There are a few plants that love nitrogen gas, though. They are able to draw the nitrogen gas from the air and store it in their roots. These are called nitrogen fixing plants.

white clover lawn

Take your shoes off, and have a stroll on the clover.

3. Clover is pretty, and soft to walk on. Who doesn’t want to walk barefoot in clover?

4. Clover doesn’t grow tall, but stays nice and flat. A fully clover lawn doesn’t need mowing at all. Even a mix of clover and lawn makes less work for your mower.

5. It’s less susceptible to salt damage.

6. A lawn with clover is a biodiverse planting, instead of a grass monoculture. Ecologists encourage us to plant for biodiversity whevever we can, to sustain life on earth.  The microorganisms (soil bacteria) in soil interact with the clover roots, helping to improve the soil health. It’s a symbiotic relationship. We need our soils to be vital, living ecosystems

7. Here’s an extra benefit. The fun of looking for or finding a four-leafed clover.

Clover is easy to seed and can be sown right now. Add a layer of top soil and sprinkle clover on the surface, anywhere your lawn needs patching. Or start a clover lawn on any bare surface. Keep watered. Once established, it needs no care at all, it’s truly a low-maintenance, sustainable solution.

 

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