Few things are more appealing to the eye than the sight of a lush, green lawn. Many homeowners are drawn to beautiful, grassy lawns in no small part because a healthy lawn can increase your property values by 20%. But lawns come with a pretty significant environmental impact too, and when you consider it all together, clover lawns are superior to grass from an environmental point of view. Let’s break down some of the reasons why you should grow clover instead of grass.
Clover uses less water
Here’s something good for the Earth and your water bill: clover uses less water than grass. The reason for this is due to their deeper roots. Clover lawns will set roots much deeper than grass, meaning they can draw in water from greater depths. A little bit less water goes a long way for your clover lawn and your wallet too.
Clover lawns don’t need to be mowed (as much)
Different types of clover grow to different heights. Some tend to grow shorter, approximately six inches, while others can grow up to a foot tall. You can select a type of clover that grows lower to the ground to reduce how much mowing is needed. Lawn mowers, like anything that runs on gasoline, produce carbon pollution and other forms of air pollution. Less mowing means cleaner air!
Clover doesn’t need pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer
Clover lawns are resilient in the face of pests. It tends to grow thick, choking out weeds, and is resistant to pests. It can also grow without fertilizers, which is a huge benefit to growing a clover lawn instead of grass. Plant it, water it, and leave it alone. That’s all there is to it.
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Clover grows in any soil
Clover lawns aren’t fancy, they can grow in just about any type of soil – even very poor soils. This makes it ideal for yards that maybe don’t have very nutrient rich soil. If you don’t feel like laying down a ton of fertilizer, lay down clover seed instead.
Bees love clover lawns
Clover lawns wind up covered in flowers every spring and summer and the bees love them! By planting a clover lawn, you’ll be providing a healthy food source for bees throughout the year.
Clover returns nutrients to the soil
If you have grass that you don’t want to tear out, growing clover alongside your grass can be a benefit to your lawn. Clover is a nitrogen fixing plant, meaning it can pull nitrogen from the air and supplant it into the soil. This happens when symbiotic rhizobia bacteria found in the clover’s root nodules deposit nitrogen pulled from the atmosphere. It doesn’t tend to fix an excessive amount of nitrogen, just what the bacteria and clover need to use. But it can help reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizers in your lawn.
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