It’s worth a try.
The idea occurred to me when Outsidepride.com sent a small sample of Miniclover seeds (Trifolium repens) to members of the Garden Writers Association.
Miniclover is a perennial small-leaf clover that grows low to the ground.
Clover has few, if any, fertilizer needs, it uses less water than turfgrass, and there’s no required mowing.
If it grows thick enough there’s no need for pulling or killing weeds.
I asked Outsidepride for more free Miniclover seed to use for renovating a small backyard that needed help.
This yard, in southeastern Colorado, was in desperate need of something. A combination of drought, insect pests and neglect had turned the lush lawn into a weedy patch filled with my most-hated garden foe — crabgrass.
Together with another volunteer, we replanted the bare yard with Miniclover seed to see if it will live up to its claim as a sustainable, low-maintenance lawn alternative. Some of the benefits of planting clover as a lawn include:
- Grows in sun and partial shade
- Improves soil by fixing nitrogen
- Thrives in a variety of conditions
- Sends deep roots for drought-tolerance
- Grows quickly
- Is sustainable and environmentally-friendly
- Withstands foot traffic
Here’s the step-by-step process we used to plant about one pound of Miniclover seeds. I plan to use the remaining clover seeds to fill in some of the bare spots in my own blue-grass lawn to see how well it performs when mixed into a traditional lawn.
It took a few hours to get the soil prepped and the seeds planted. I’m hoping the work pays off with a new kind of lawn. Please check back to see the results of this alternative lawn experiment!
(A special Thank You goes to Outsidepride.com for providing two pounds of Miniclover seed for this garden test.)