St. Patrick’s Day is upon us! It’s the time where Irish heritage is the way to be, and symbols like four-leaf clovers and rainbows (with pots o’gold at the end) are in fashion, and, don’t get us started on green beer! But for many homeowners, finding clovers in the lawn can leave them confused at best and frustrated at worst. As we embark on the most-Irish of holidays, let’s unpack the truth about the clover and its effect on your lawn. Is it a lucky find in your yard, or an intruder that must go?
Why are Clovers Symbolic of St. Patrick’s Day? – The Shamrock can be translated from Gaelic to “little clover.” It has three leaves that, as lore states, St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity, as well as faith, hope, and love. The four-leafed clover became known as lucky simply because they are rare.
What’s the Most Common Type of Clover? – White Dutch is the most commonly found clover in lawns. Clover is of the genus Trifolium, which has about 300 species of flowering plants in the legume or pea family.
Why is Clover in My Lawn? – There are a variety of reasons that you might have the luck of finding clovers in your lawn, including:
- Imbalance in the soil’s pH
- Nutrient deficiencies, especially nitrogen
- Grass that has been cut too short
- Poorly watered grass
- Compacted soil due to organic matter
How Do I Get Rid of Clover? – The way to control clover growth in the lawn is to mow and water regularly, as well as apply fertilizers that combat the growth of clovers.
The Cons of Clover
- Messy – Clover is more staining than grass. For those who have kids playing in the lawn, this could be a consideration. Plus, not everyone enjoys the look of clover in their regular turf grass.
- Not good for High Traffic Areas – Clovers are less durable than grass. Clover must be mixed with grass to be strong enough for playing fields or high traffic areas.
- May Require Reseeding – Reseeding every four to five years may be required to maintain an even clover cover in your lawn, unless it’s mixed with grass.
The Pros of Clover
There are, however, some reasons why you may consider keeping and controlling clover in your lawn, rather than eliminating it altogether.
- Attracts & Supports Bees – Clovers are an important nectar source for insects that pollinate, including bees. The global bee population is decreasing at an alarming rate, and any support of the ecosystem that helps them thrive, which can have an extremely important impact on our shared environment.
- Good for Soil – Clover can add significant improvements to the fertility and health of your lawn’s soil. Clovers act as a natural fertilizing agent by transferring nitrogen compounds from the atmosphere into the soil.
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