Re: Clover lawn idea maybe
I have white clover (and dandelions) throughout my 2.25 acre lawn. In the front I mow every week, but in the back when the clover is in bloom I let it alone for two weeks at a time just for the honey and bumble bees. We have plenty of bees out where I live.
My backyard is a little over 1/2 acre and started out as a sloped, rock infested, clay mud slope. In 2010 (year we built our house) I carefully groomed it with a landscape rake after the excavator got done in the back. This got most of the rocks out of the soil and filled in the many ruts and drainage rills. Next I brought in a few tons of some organic material (compost, old leaves and such) and had my neighbor with a large tractor mounted 3 pt tiller till that in. Again I leveled it with the landscape rake, borrowed a seed spreader from same neighbor and used my Kubota BX2230 to spread a LOT of fescue grass seed. I covered the seed with many bales of hand spread straw, rolled that down with a roller, then after all that hard work, eagerly waited for the ground to spring to life... It never happened... We had a minor drought that year, interrupted by very brief, very heavy downpours that simply washed away the straw and seed. Then it would bake again. All I managed to get by fall was a back yard full of ruts and rills, with mostly weeds interrupted by a few blades of grass. I made another attempt the next spring. Everything was going great until June... That was the year we had 106 degree temperatures in JUNE, in KY! It simply baked the ground to brick. Later that summer/fall I was only able to re-do half of it due to traveling for work, but that half came up and looked good!
The next spring, due to work, I decided to let nature have the other half just to see how long it would take for it to fill in. What I have ended up with on that half is mostly white clover! I did not sow it. I guess it just blew in? It was interesting to watch the yard fill in year by year. Weeds, crab grass, and other normally bad things came first. By the second year, clumps of fescue and patches of white clover were showing. (I am surrounded by cattle grazing fields on all sides. ) By the 4th year the clover was starting to crowd out the weeds and the clumps of fescue were continuing to spread. Today, 9 years later, I still have a few small bare spots where nothing is growing but the clover is filling those in quickly. I like to get on Google earth and look at past images of my property. It is interesting to see the progression from bare dirt to green. So if you want clover, don't do anything, just let nature bring it in for you!
Baby Orange my 2003 Kubota BX2230D: FEL, Two 60" MMMs
Fred Cain Landscape Rake
Big Mouth my 1985 Craftsman GTV-18 917.253730
W/44" Mower deck 917.253645
1984 Craftsman GT-18/6 917.253.744 (In pieces...)
Dozer my 1984 Craftsman GT-18/6 917.255910
W/Dozer/Snow blade 486.254021
Sears large yard cart 287.61520