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Clover Lawn And Landscape

Tips for Watering Lawns and Gardens Without adequate water, plants will suffer and eventually die. Supplies can run short as rapidly growing plants draw up moisture from the soil. It’s important to know what to water and how. Watering Lawns and Gardens Thorough, careful watering encourages deep, drought-resistant roots in your lawn and garden. Follow the steps below to ensure best results. Lawn Care Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green and Growing Mow, water and fertilize on a regular basis to keep your yard looking lush and tidy. How to Fertilize Your Lawn and Garden Learn how adding fertilizer can be beneficial, especially for fruits, veggies and container plants. Fertilizers can also help kick-start growth after planting and reinvigorate plants that have been pruned hard. Organize Lawn and Garden Tools in the Garage 12 Photos Landscape and Lawn Edging Products Discover a range of lawn edging products and tips for creating crisp borders across your landscape Basic Lawn Care Tips 8 tips on keeping your grass green Plugging and Sprigging a Lawn Learn how to start a brand-new warm-season lawn or patch an existing one using plugs or sprigs.  22 Year-Round Lawn Care Tips 22 Photos Cutting Edge Lawn Care Three unusual lawn trends have some homeowners leaving their mowers in the garage.
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Clover Lawn And Landscape

Allowing your clover to flower and go to seed will help maintain your clover lawn year after year. However, after two or three years, the lawn may need additional seed or may require reseeding altogether. Depending upon your area and type of clover, it can reach up to six inches in height or more (but usually a lot lower than that) before it stops growing. Because the cuttings from clover can become quite messy, some people simply let it grow to full height and don’t mow at all.
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Clover Lawn And Landscape

You won’t experience any weed problems with clover either, since it will choke out every other plant nearby. It is drought tolerant too; because its roots are longer, they can reach water that hides at deeper levels in the ground. The flowers of clover will attract honeybees, which are beneficial for the environment and for the rest of your garden, and it feels nice to walk on clover (as long as you keep an eye out for those honeybees). Not to mention, when working with clover, you won’t need any fertilizer or pesticides.
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Clover Lawn And Landscape

We’ll assume you’re starting the planting process with a lawn area that has been stripped, and you are left with bare soil. You’ll want to wait until spring arrives to plant your clover, so when you’re ready, go to the feed store and buy about five dollars’ worth of Dutch clover seeds. This amount will be enough to handle an average-sized lawn. Generally, 1/4 to 1/2 pounds of white clover seed will cover 1000 square feet.
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Clover Lawn And Landscape

Clover will stain clothing and it’s difficult to get out, so children should be careful when playing. They must also take care when going barefoot on the lawn since they could step on the stingers of honeybees. In some cases, bee populations can increase drastically due to your clover, so if this becomes a problem, you may reconsider keeping a clover lawn.
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Clover Lawn And Landscape

Tip: When establishing your clover lawn, grass weeds can become a problem. Control them by mowing the lawn until the clover is three inches tall, at which point the clover will be able to trump the grasses on its own.
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Clover Lawn And Landscape

Finally, a word about two of clover's other “ideal” qualities listed on earlier: its ability to attract honeybees, and the fact that clover lawns wouldn't need to be mowed nearly as often as do lawns composed of grass. Clover puts out a mildly attractive flower — which could easily be listed as another advantage it has over turfgrass. This flower draws bees and other beneficial insects to your landscape. But if you are allergic to bee stings, to be on the safe side you can simply mow more frequently during the blooming season.

A clover lawn is widely viewed as a more eco-friendly lawn, as it requires less water and gasoline consumption from lawnmowers. Aside from less maintenance and lower water and gasoline costs, clover yards also offer many other unique benefits, such as beautiful flowers and garden-enhancing insects.
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Be careful not to pack it too tightly or the clover sprouts will have a tough time breaking through. Water the soil lightly, taking care not to wash away any seeds. Try not to walk on your newly planted lawn for at least a week, and remember to keep the soil moist at all times. Within two weeks, you should see clover sprouts all over your lawn.
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Planting clover instead of grass has numerous benefits. First, it is very low maintenance (and also cost-effective) so you can spend more time doing other things, such as landscaping or gardening activities that you enjoy more. Clover will also naturally aerate and enrich your soil by taking nitrogen from the air and adding it to the soil, which is a good thing if you ever decide to switch back to a traditional grass lawn.
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From a distance, Paul’s lawn looks pretty nice. The population of weeds is in the neighborhood of 15 percent and includes a number of interesting plants. One of his favorite weeds is white Dutch clover (Trifolium repens), which he has loved since he was a kid. “I remember spending hours on end looking for a lucky four-leaf clover, although I don’t recall ever finding one,” says Paul.
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Considering the St. Patrick's Day traditions surrounding shamrocks and four leaf clovers, it is surprising that the clover is often looked upon as a weed, the killing of which we deem central to the care of our lawns. But it was not always so. Indeed, the University of Minnesota Extension Service points out that, until relatively recently, it was standard practice to include clover seed in lawn seed mixes:
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You may also be wondering about clover's ability to aerate the soil, thus reducing concerns over soil compaction. Clover tolerates compacted soil better than lawn grass does. It has longer roots, enabling it to access water at deeper levels.

“All right,” you may object, “it's time to stop dreaming and get back to reality. No grass has all these qualities.” Correct. But I didn't say that it was a grass. In fact, the “ideal” qualities that I just listed (with the possible exception of #1) describe not a grass, but clover. And in this case, the ideal meets the real — clover possesses all 10 of the qualities listed above!
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1. Clover is a legume, meaning it fixes nitrogen from the air and puts it into the soil. “It’s an amazing chemical process, one that reduces the need for additional nitrogen from fertilizers. In fact, clover seed used to be added to turf grass mixtures to help the grass become established faster.”
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Various members of the Oxalis genus, such as the so-called “black shamrocks” and the wood sorrel family (e.g., Oxalis acetosella) are also sold as shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. These clover look-alikes are more easily cultivated as houseplants than is real clover, making them popular for interior decorating during St.
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2. Rabbits love eating clover, so if you want to deter rabbits from eating something more precious in the garden, you can try offering them clover.
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Further exposition is in order regarding some of clover's “ideal” qualities, as discussed on earlier. To begin, the reason clover lawns wouldn't require fertilizing, as does grass, is that these plants are nitrogen fixers. They share this ability with other cover crops in the Pea family.
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In addition, using an herbicide labeled for use on lawns in a flower or vegetable garden will likely prove injurious or even fatal to the desired plants. For example, a selective, post-emergence weed control product designed to control dandelions, clover and other broadleaf weeds in a lawn without harming the lawn will not be labeled for, and cannot be used in, vegetable or flower gardens. Doing so will result in the very high probability that those ‘broadleaf’ flower and vegetable plants will be injured or killed as well. Indeed, it may even result in the loss of that garden space due to contaminated soils for at least the remainder of the current growing season. Hence, it is ALWAYS important to select appropriately labeled weed killers for use in specific sites (e.g., lawns, flower gardens, etc.) and that will not injure the surrounding desirable plants.

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