How To Grow A Lawn Without Grass

While purists will recoil with horror at the idea of allowing clover to invade their precious sward, that is not what is being advocated here. The suggestion is that you should abandon the grass altogether and grow clover instead. And why would you want to do that? Well, if you like the idea of a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and nearly weed-free lawn then this could be the way to go. This article by Tricia Drevets which I found on Dave’s Garden website explains the details.

How would you like to have a lawn that’s low-maintenance, drought tolerant, and practically weed-free?
clover lawn
If this sounds like a dream come true, you should consider growing a clover lawn. However, you’ll want to understand the basics of the plant before you walk out the door and start buying seeds. First, it’s important to note that there are various kinds of clover: some notable ones are white (also called ?Dutch clover”), red, and crimson. Crimson clover is an annual plant that boasts colorful blooms and can grow up to three feet tall. Farmers use it to replenish nutrients in the soil. Red clover is biennial and grows two to three feet in height. White clover, unlike the others, is a perennial plant that can be over-seeded or reseeded every few years. It can be mowed and is tolerant of heat and sun, much like regular grass.

Advantages of Growing a Clover Lawn

bee on clover flower
As alluded to earlier, there are several benefits of growing a clover lawn. For instance, clover can naturally aerate the soil by pulling nitrogen from the air. Clover’s roots also extend deep underground, which gives it access to water supplies that most other plants can’t reach. Naturally, this makes the plant less dependent on regular watering. With stems that reach a maximum height of about six inches, clover won’t require much mowing either. You’ll be glad to learn that mature clover aggressively competes for resources with neighboring plants and consequently does a great job of keeping invasive weeds off of your lawn. Lastly, clover flowers attract honeybees: insects with their own set of gardening and environmental perks.

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