Growing a lawn is becoming less of a societal-must-do and more of a ‘well, I need to put something here‘ question of sustainability and maintenance. Traditional grass lawns require regular upkeep, watering and fertilizer, and that’s something many people just aren’t that interested in doing anymore. What are the alternatives to grass? Here are some pros and cons for a growing Micro-clover lawn:
- Micro-clover is tough for heavy traffic areas and can withstand even cars being parked on it (within reason.)
- It is less bothered by dogs and their business than traditional grass.
- Clover is more drought resistant and needs less frequent watering.
- A lawn covered in micro-clover won’t grow as tall and can be mowed less.
- Clover is a nitrogen fixer which means, it will help improve the condition of the soil. This is ideal if you want to mix clover and grass seed together as the clover will naturally improve the health of the grass.
- Because clover is a nitrogen fixer, you won’t need to fertilize it much, if at all.
- If you want to improve the local eco-system around you – clover is fantastic for bees and other pollinators.
- If you aren’t fond of the look of clover flowers, this option isn’t ideal for you.
- If you have severe allergies to bees which will be attracted by the flowers, you may wish to stick with grass.
- Not all neighbourhoods will allow clover lawns. Check with your community bylaws to be sure you can plant it.
- It may spread beyond where you plant it.
A Blend may be Best
Because micro-clover aids the growth of grass – a blend may be the best answer for those who still want the look of grass and don’t mind mowing. You can mix micro-clover seed into grass seed to achieve this result. Grow the two together for a stronger, healthier grass that won’t need as much fertilizer. You’ll still need to mow and water in extreme heat but over all will have a greener result. Clover will fill in spaces where the grass is damaged or won’t grow as readily, like where your pup likes to leave his contributions. Clover will also keep other weeds from settling in.
How to Grow a Micro-Clover lawn
- Prepare the growing area with fresh topsoil and remove existing grass thatch and weeds. Micro-clover germinates best when in contact with moist soil.
- If seeding mixed with grass, one pound of clover seed will cover 200 square meters of area.
- If seeding straight micro-clover, one pound of clover seed will cover 100 square meters of area.
- Rake seeds into moist soil to a depth of 1/4″. Keep watered enough for the seeds to germinate but avoid washing them away.
- Reserve some seeds for filling in areas that may have been under-seeded in the initial application.
- Water to prevent young seedlings from drying out until established.
Growing a Micro-clover lawn is an exciting choice for those who tire of the up-keep of traditional grass. Clover is a more sustainable option requiring less water and chemical intervention for a green result, plus, supporting the pollinator habitat is and will always be important. Clover can be mixed into grass seed and there will still be benefits – If you are intrigued by this option, feel free to stop in the store and ask our knowledgeable staff any questions you may have!