As March nears and shamrocks are showing up in stores all over, you might notice some clover creeping in your lawn as well. Until the 1950s, clover was a part of most seed mixes for lawns. Its ability to reseed itself and stay green was considered an advantage in the pursuit of a beautiful, green lawn. The single-seed lawns won out, though, and here we are today.

However, due to its drought-tolerant, low-maintenance qualities, some clover lawns are making a comeback.

Love It!

White clover has flowers that bees love. That’s where you get clover honey. That’s also why a clover yard is best in low-traffic areas–you wouldn’t want to step on those bees. Clover grows two to eight inches tall and needs little to no mowing. Clover is rich in nitrogen and successful at crowding out other weeds. It also naturally helps to keep out chinch bugs that eat grass–especially St. Augustine, bermuda, and zoysia grasses.

Clover is lush to walk on, and you can keep it mowed to avoid the white flowers that attract those bees that can sting bare feet. However, due to colony collapse, clover fields do a great job to help bees survive. Parkways or perimeters landscaped with clover might offer a perennial green look that you love.

Leave It!

If not, there are simple ways of getting rid of clover. You can cut down on the nutrient it likes the most, which is phosphorous, and let your healthy lawn combat it naturally. If you want to go the chemical route, there are many herbicides on the market that will kill off clover. Read the labels and look for clover in the list of weeds the product targets. Last but not least–good, old fashioned weeding always does the trick. Make sure that you get the tap root out–it will spread.