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How to plant a clover lawn
You don’t have to water or fertilize them as much as regular lawns. Plus, they’re magical-looking.
Amy Cox remembers the first time she learned she could grow a lawn out of clovers.
“Where has this been all my life?” she mused. “Why is this a secret?”
Cox is a partner at Pro Time Lawn Seed, an alternative lawn business in Portland, Oregon that sells seeds for clover and other plants to make eco-friendly, low maintenance lawns. Her company helps not just individuals, but also colleges, cities and states plant unconventional lawns and parks.
“We’re up 86 percent this year from last year,” she told me. “That’s been steadily happening over the last four years. It’s kind of an ‘organic’ growth.”
Clover is becoming popular because it looks magical but doesn’t require as much care as regular lawns. Since it doesn’t need fertilizer or much water, it’s also good for the planet. Plus, it’s tough.
“Soccer pitches are using it in areas that get the most wear,” Cox told me. “We love it in our dog park mix.”
If you’re wondering what it would take to turn your grassy lawn into a clover meadow, I’ve got you covered.
Decide what to plant
Besides, it’s easier to keep a mixed lawn healthy.
“Microclover by itself is a monoculture,” she pointed out. “If something were to happen to it, there’s really nothing else to help carry on.”
Prepare the soil
You can use lime, compost, fertilizer or whatever else you want to make the soil as ready for action as possible.
Aim to plant sometime after it starts warming up and at least a couple months before the first frost. So think late spring through summer.
Toss the seeds
If you really hate mowing, you can also look into growing lawns that don’t need it. There’s a kind of grassthat flops over when it gets too long, making it look like waves on a gentle sea.
Happy gardening …
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