Clover As Lawn

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Has anyone had experience growing CLOVER as a lawn cover? We live in the upstate of SC and would appreciate any info.


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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Hi Valerie-I have never grown clover as a ground cover, lawn alternative, or mixed with lawn seed as it doesn't do well in my warm location with many years of drought conditions. You should have no problem growing it in your location. Are you looking to overseed your existing lawn with clover or grow it as an alternative to a grass lawn? Do you know what type of lawn grass you have now? Hopefully your answers to these questions will help others answer your question. I will watch your question and see if you are able to get an answer by others that have grown clover as a lawn alternative. I do know that a clover lawn has some good attributes over grass lawns in many locations. The Dutch White clover is one that most use as a lawn alternative. There is a new variety Miniclover® (Trifolium repens) I have read about that grows lower, tighter to the ground, and is supposedly more cold and drought resistant. If I don't see any answers to your question I will do some research and hopefully help you with as best an answer as I can find.

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Answer #2 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Valerie-The clover is less expensive to maintain (fertilization), drought resistant, grows in poor soils, and easier to maintain than grass lawn but will not hold up as well to heavy foot traffic from the kids and animals. A mix of clover with your existing lawn may be a better choice if there will be kids and animals playing in this area. The clover will help to fill in areas that are bare of grass and also help to shade areas of the soil better than the grass does. This will help to keep weeds from germinating. Removing an existing grass lawn and preping the soil for a nice clover lawn can be expensive or at least a lot of work. Over seeding with clover may be something you would want to try for a year or so. It may give you a lawn you would be happy with. If you are looking to kill the bermuda grass and it is only in some areas you could use a systemic weed killer such as Roundup or killzall before seeding with clover mixed with a fescue. Bermuda grass is not easily killed. Although there are chemical herbicides that are labeled specifically for killing bermuda grass in fescue lawns they require repeat applications along with a lot of time and patience to kill it off totally. If you are wanting to start with a new clover lawn many feel a mix of grass and clover is best if this lawn will recieve a fair amount of foot traffic. I have read much concerning the new MicroClover and feel this mixed with a lawn grass may be something you may want to look into. I noted a link to one of the articles I found regarding this clover. Click on this link to go directly to this article by Penn State college of Agricultural Sciences. It helps to answer many questions regarding this MicroClover.
http://plantscience.psu.edu/reduce-runoff/questions-about-microclover

Hopefully others with more knowledge than I regarding the use of clover as a lawn alternative can help. You might also check with you local quality nursery or garden center (not the box stores) regarding grass/clover lawn mixes they may be knowledgable of.

Hopefully this has been of some help.

John)



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Answer #1 · Valerie Petty's Answer · Thank you, John, for your information.

To answer your questions: We are thinking going total clover. From what I've read online, clover is lower maintenance, less expensive all around as well, but we are concerned about how it would hold up under two boys foot traffic and a small dog.

We currently have a mix of fescue with some patches of burmuda and a lot of hearty weeds along with some bare spots to make it pretty ugly out there. :) Nothing worth trying to salvage, from my point of view.)


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Gardenality.com

Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I've never grown clover for a lawn but have heard that people do. Just not sure how much foot traffic it will handle when compared to bermuda, zoysia or other types of lawn grasses. My guess would be that it wouldn't stand up to foot traffic as well. If you do try the clover as a lawn, White Dutch Clover is the best variety for doing so, and let us know how things go.

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Valerie Petty

Valerie Petty · Gardenality Sprout · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Thank you Brent and John. John's info was very helpful and we decided to use a mix of clover and fescue. We are still looking into which product to use and all those details. We will keep you posted on our progress and share some pics as well. Thanks again!

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Valerie, You're very welcome. Yes, let us know how you make out. Some pictures would be great. You can create a garden and post your pictures there. I'm sure before and after pictures would be a great help to all of us. The new lower growing variety of White Dutch Clover has caught my interest and something I may try by itself as a groundcover in a few gardens.

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Valerie Petty

Valerie Petty · Gardenality Sprout · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I promised to update on our newly seeded white clover lawn. We had our landscaper seed our yard and cover with straw about three weeks ago. Since, we have been blessed with good weather and rain so it has sprung up pretty nicely. But we noticed only a little over 1/3 of the seeds actually sprouted. Our landscapers said that's normal with white clover and we will have to re-seed two more times and skip the straw covering starting tomorrow. So, I will keep you posted on our progress as this doesn't seem to be a common lawn. We did happen to meet a nice couple living nearby who built an earth-sheltered home and they have white clover growing quite thickly on their roof! So, I believe it's going to work wonderfully! We are looking forward to mowing less and watering a lot less. :)

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Thanks for the update Valerie! I guess I'm kind of lucky...in my side yard I have white clover naturally taking over a lawn section that is/was Zeon zoysia. I thought about you when I was looking at it this morning. The clover is spreading nicely and I hope it continues to do so until the entire lawn area is covered with it. I noticed some blooms on it so maybe they'll scatter some seed naturally.

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Yes, thanks for the update. Sounds as though you are on your way to a beautiful lawn. Would really like to see a picture when it is grown in. Keep us posted.

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