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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Falter

Consider Clover

Clover is resilient, and its strength actually smothers other weeds. If your mower is tired of picking up those pesky, hard-to-kill weeds, clover may be the way to go. Growing clover does not allow room for typical lawn weeds to thrive, meaning the lawns you mow could be weed-free and beautiful!

For decades, clover was a part of any mix of lawn seed. But about 60 years ago, it fell out of favor because new weed killers on the market eliminated it along with dandelions. It soon became known as a weed, and now herbicides tout their clover-killing prowess.

But clover is regaining popularity as a lawn, in part because it doesn’t require chemicals or fertilizers. In fact, lawn chemicals will kill it. It can be seeded as the lawn for new construction or sown into an existing lawn, often mixed with fescues and bluegrass.

Clovers are winter hardy to -35 degrees F. They are less tolerant in the heat of the south, where they tend to be grown as a winter annual.

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