Bees like clover too
similar small white clover, microclover, has been trialed at the
University of Maryland with good results. Microclover performed best
when planted at 5 to 10 percent by weight with Kentucky bluegrass
and turf-type tall fescue. Microclover has a dark green color that
made lawns appear darker, which most people find more attractive.
tended to overwhelm hard and Chewings fescues, but it may be that
lower seeding rates of microclover would have been more successful.
More research is needed.
Varieties of cool season grass
Microclover did not perform well in shade at the University of
Maryland trials, so researchers suggest it be used only in full sun
situations. It is reasonably drought-tolerant but was damaged by
severe drought conditions during the trials. Since microclover dies
to the ground in winter, it probably is not suitable as a total
replacement for lawn grasses here.
Clover growing in a home lawn
Also, like standard white clover, microclover is damaged by
broadleaf weed killers, so other weeds that crop up in lawns seeded
with microclover would have to be treated carefully. More research
is needed to determine if certain broadleaf herbicides are less
damaging than others. Cultural practices such as mowing at 3 inches
and maintaining proper soil pH and fertility go a long way toward
minimizing weed infestations in any lawn.
Mow grass high!
Microclover helps with weed control by shading out germinating weed
seeds. Another big benefit is reduced nitrogen fertilizer
applications, perhaps by as much as 1 to 2 pounds per thousand
square feet annually. Given that runoff of nitrogen fertilizer is a
serious pollutant in our waterways, using a less aggressive type of
clover in lawn seed mixes makes a lot of sense.
on Lawn Fertilizers
Microclover and miniclover benefit from being inoculated with
Rhizobium bacteria. They are usually sold as coated seeds, which
consists of limestone, adhesive and the appropriate bacteria strain.
Anyone who has ever grown beans or peas is familiar with the
inoculant sold for those crops. This is similar but specific to
Growing lawns in shade
Grass with insect-resistance
Low maintenance lawn grasses
September is lawn month