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post #1 of 62 Old 07-13-2019, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Clover lawn idea maybe

So Iv been kicking the idea and googling the idea of over seeding clover in my back yard. It trash anyway I let it grow, many weed and the soil is mostly gravel from an old alley way thatís no longer in use. Has any else thrown white clover in the mix or have any idea as to why this would be a bad idea?


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I mix clover in my back lawn,and i really like it,it makes it's own fertilizer,i'm in sand and it helps the grass grow
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Where do you live as there may be some other ground covers you could use.

A suggestion would be to break up the old packed earth and other from the alley with a pull behind box blade using the teeth. Light passes over that will help to get the soil loose again.
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Sounds like a GREAT idea. First off yes it's great for the soil, second I think it has a good look to it, and third honey bees love it. You could do a mix of white and purple also. The bees will thrive on both of those.

Then you could get one of these https://www.amazon.com/s?k=flow+hive...l_73h6vyd61w_e and have your own honey.

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There was a time when clover was preferred over grass for lawns.

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Hahah Iím not into making my own honey although it could be a passive income lol.
My main reasons are that it spreads, frets itself, and grows low which would be less mowing. God save the honeybees. White is preferred i donít know if the purple would grow tall or not. Every thing Iv read says purple grows to about 3-4Ē like Iv seen in the hayfield I could be wrong


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The purple clover around here grows tall. (It's called red clover, here) I mow around patches of it when it's in bloom... I also do this with the wild daisy I have around here and a few other wildflowers I leave for the pollinators.

So, yeah... I have clumps of wildflowers in my yard.

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The purple clover around here grows tall. (It's called red clover, here) I mow around patches of it when it's in bloom... I also do this with the wild daisy I have around here and a few other wildflowers I leave for the pollinators.



So, yeah... I have clumps of wildflowers in my yard.


I planted Ohio wild flowers (not the devils lettuce) in our flower beds and itís actually nice to look at.
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My yard is overrun with white clover but not by choice. I don't much care for the all the white flowers although the bees like them.

Have you looked into microclover?

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The clover is growing real well this year, along with the buckhorn.

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My yard is overrun with white clover but not by choice. I don't much care for the all the white flowers although the bees like them.



Have you looked into microclover?


Microclover seed is super expensive. Im sure it quality stuff but Iím on a budget and Iv found 5 pounds goes for $30-$40 and thatís really all I need


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We've tried to get micro-clover at least three times now, frankly I'm beginning to think its a scam as every time we've planted what they call micro-clover we get, well, macro-clover. Usually just the standard white clover. Not that I mind too much, because yes, the bees love it and its great for the soil (as numerous other people have already mentioned) but... it grows so thick and juicy, if its in the middle of my lawn, it bungs up my bagger something fierce. We're working on having it as a ground cover planted between the concrete patio slabs we're putting down in our mini-orchard. I feel much better about the lack of micro-clover now that I have Bambi, my Deere push mower. I mow the clover at least once a week in our orchard with the push mower.
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I have some clover by my garage door and if it wasnít for the weeds in it I think I could get by mowing it once every two weeks which is fine by me.
Iím thinking I would have to totally kill everything in the back and start from scratch. I know clover will choke out other weeds but the charley and ragweed are thick in there. Then again maybe the clover will choke it out too


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The purple clover around here grows tall. (It's called red clover, here) I mow around patches of it when it's in bloom... I also do this with the wild daisy I have around here and a few other wildflowers I leave for the pollinators.

So, yeah... I have clumps of wildflowers in my yard.
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You know, if you are all that enthused about having white and purplish white flowers all through your lawn, one could plant bindweed or perennial morning glory. Within a season, or two, the tiny vines will be all through the lawn. [sarc]
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