Do you need to reseed the bare spots in your lawn? Have you got an area that’s been cleared, levelled and now needs to be planted in grass?
Think about planting clover instead of grass seed. Clover always looks nice and lush and you don’t need to mow it as often. Heck, if you plant white clover, you don’t even need to mow it at all if you don’t want to.
You’ve probably heard about all the problems with the bee population decreasing severely. One way to do your part in helping the bees would be to plant things they love. We NEED the bees. Do you have any idea what percentage of food plants that need bees in order to pollinate them? Some sources say around 30% while others say it could be up to 85%. Either way, we need the bees.
Look at this PDF put out by the USDA – if you read through it, you will see this partial list:
Vegetables: Artichoke, Asparagus, Beet, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cantaloupes, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Green Pepper, Leek, Lettuce, Okra, Onion, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Radish, Rutabaga, Squash, Tomato, Turnip, White Gourd
There are also about 30 different types of fruit on the list as well. Read through the PDF and share it with anyone you think is interested in helping the bee population.
When we built Graham’s shop, we had the area around it cleared and levelled. I was pretty specific in what I wanted there – Clover. I was also specific in letting the machine guy know how I wanted the area finished off. What I needed was a level slightly sloping lawn area that wouldn’t need much maintaining from me.
So, after it was levelled, I walked around and threw down White Clover seed. Wonderful stuff, clover is. It smells absolutely divine when it’s in bloom. It attracts any bees that may be around.
This is a Win-Win. The clover is great for the bees and having more bees around our property means they will probably help with pollinating our fruits and vegetables.
Clover is also a wonderful green manure cover crop, so if there’s a portion of your yard you will eventually want to turn into a garden, plant clover in there to begin with. Clover takes nitrogen from the air and puts it into the soil. Read more about the benefits of sowing white clover here.
Here is that same area after planting in clover. I think it looks so pretty when it blooms!
Other possibilities for cover crops that we use ourselves is Buckwheat and Fall Rye. Granted, neither of these would work well as an alternative to lawn, but if you need to improve your soil, read our posts about them.
So, think about throwing some Clover seed around. You’ll pretty up the place, it will smell wonderful, the bees will come abuzzin’ and you can take comfort in the fact that running a lawn mower over it (or not) every three weeks or so will be an easy chore.