Micro Clover Will Help Your Lawn

Micro clover is an organic way to increase biodiversity, reduce fertilizer inputs, and achieve a greener lawn.
What is micro clover?

Like normal clover, micro clover has 3 rounded leaves and is a member of the legume family.

This ground cover was specifically bred for its tiny leaves and low growing habit.

It can be incorporated into an existing lawn or used by itself for a 100% micro clover lawn. Micro clover also makes a great ground cover in between stepping stones and mitigates erosion on steep hillsides. 

How is micro clover different from regular clover?

Micro clover is very similar to regular clover but there are a few important differences. 

First, micro clover leaves are about 1/3 smaller than regular clover leaves. You can see that a normal clover leaf is about 1cm long. A micro clover leaf is just ver 0.5 cm long. 

Additionally, micro clover grows in smaller bunches that are closer to the ground than traditional clover. Therefore, the micro clover is more discreet and evenly distributed throughout the lawn. In contrast, traditional clover has a tendency to grow as tall or taller than grass and form large unsightly patches.

Micro clover’s flowers are also shorter, smaller, and less prolific than traditional clover flowers. 

Why should you consider growing micro clover in your lawn?

Micro clover is beneficial for all lawns. It creates a healthier ecosystem and increases verdure.

Create a healthy ecosystem

Most lawns are a monoculture, i.e. one plant.

There are multiple reasons why a monoculture should be avoided. They tend to deplete the soil of nutrients. They reduce the amount of beneficial insects and wildlife that live in the area. And, they are more susceptible to pests and disease. 

Adding micro clover to your lawn increases the biodiversity. It also reduces the negative effects associated with monocultures mentioned above. 

Increase verdure

Most homeowners want a deeper greener lawn. Micro clover can help. 

Since micro clover is in the legume family, it captures nitrogen in our atmosphere and fixates it in the soil. 

Conveniently, grass requires nitrogen as its main nutrient source for growth and color.

So, evenly distributing clover through your lawn will increase the amount of nitrogen available for the grass. That means more growth and deeper green color!

How do I incorporate micro clover into my lawn?

Adding micro clover to your lawn is easy. I recommend adding clover when you aerate and overseed. This is the micro clover that I use. 

It is important to add just a little bit!

According to the University of Maryland turfgrass department, your overseeding mix should be no more than 5% micro clover seed by weight. 

What does that mean in english?  

A lawn normally requires 4 pounds of grass seed per 1000 square feet when overseeding.

Let’s say your lawn is 10,000 square feet. Your overseeding mix should be 40 pounds of grass seed and about 2 pounds of micro clover seed.

40 pounds * 5% = 2 pounds

Using more micro clover than this ratio will cause your lawn to become overtaken with clover. 

After overseeding your lawn with the grass seed/micro clover combo, water daily with a sprinkler. 

What should I do next?

Micro clover germinates very quickly. You can see its progress below after 72 hours. 

These seedlings were watered 2 times per day for 5 minutes each time. We also had about 24 hours of misty weather during this 72 hour span. 

It is important to NOT treat your lawn with broadleaf weed killers. If you have a lawn service make sure they know that you want the micro clover to thrive in your lawn. 

If you do have other weeds like dandelions, ground plantains, etc. spot spray to reduce damaging the micro clover. 

Let’s say that you incorporate micro clover into your lawn and accidentally spread too much. Or, for whatever reason, you regret trying micro clover. Getting rid of it is very easy. Simply treat the lawn with a broadleaf herbicide and the micro clover will disappear. 

Now that you know the benefits of micro clover, and how easy it is to reverse, you have no excuse to not try!

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