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Removing the Clover from Your Lawn? Don't!

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Most homeowners will look at a huge patch of clover in their lawn and immediately look for the weed killer. But the simple truth is that clover holds a variety of benefits for your lawn. It is much better for you lawn if you leave the clover to grow just as it is. Here's why.

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Clover is not in the same category as the dandelion (looks beautiful but is really harmful). Clover looks beautiful, smells great, and is a virtual nutrient bank for your lawn. Instead of getting rid of the clover, you should appreciate it for the many life-giving benefits that it offers your lawn.
  • Nitrogen Rich. Clover used to be added in grass seed mixtures because it held so many nitrogen nutrients that helped lawn grow lush and full. In fact, every time you mow your lawn you are adding the clover clippings back into the ground and spurring incredible growth.
  • Bring on the Bees. Another great benefit of having clover growing in your lawn is that its sweet smell attracts bees during the spring and summer months. More bees on your lawn mean that there will be an increase in cross pollination of flowers which is beneficial to your garden.
  • Crowds out Enemies. One of the oft overlooked benefits of a clover filled lawn is that the clover actually crowds out a lot of the other weeds that are more harmful to your lawn. Clover takes up the space that various molds and mildews might otherwise occupy.
  • That Beautiful Feeling. If you have never walked barefoot through a lawn filled with clover, you are missing out on one of the greatest feelings in the world. Clover is so soft and supple. It feels much better than natural grass and smells better, also.

So before you take a torch and gasoline to your clover patch - stop and think about all of the wonderful things that clover does for your lawn. You will agree that clover is a lawn's best friend.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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