Let’s say you think clover is a weed. In that case, you’d be outraged to find clover mixed in with your grass seed. After all, killing clover can be tricky. But let’s say you’re part of the retro breed that sees clover as a healthy addition to lawn grass. If that’s the case, you can actually buy clover seed to overseed your lawn with.

So who is right? Here are what the voices from each camp are saying.

  1. Clover lovers: Clover provides a healthy dose of nitrogen to the soil, both through nitrogen fixation and through nitrogen-rich clover clippings that break down when you mow, so if you make friends with clover, you’ll have a greener lawn. It’s also soft and smells great and attracts bees to your yard, plus as CloverLawn.org points out, clover stays green even with pets. One more benefit: it crowds out other, less attractive grass competitors like dandelions.
  2. Clover haters: Most haters site aesthetics as their primary concern. A clover-filled lawn just doesn’t look as “perfect” as a uniform, all-grass lawn. Clover can also be a little more slippery than grass when wet. And there’s a slightly increased chance you’ll step on one of those lovely bees you’ve drawn to your yard.

Who wins? If you’re going for ease of maintenance, clover mixed with your grass seed makes a lush green lawn that much more attainable. Buy yourself some clover seed! But if you have more of a golf green vision for your lawn, stick with the straight grass. As long as you keep it healthy, you’ll keep clover at bay.