And here you go, MNN readers (of the leprechaun persuasion or not): your obligatory St. Patrick’s Day-themed post.
Last St. Pat’s, I featured a low-energy home with a grass sod roof in County Clare. This year (I’m a day premature, I know), here’s a look at the low-maintenance, water-wise substitute for traditional grass lawns with endless eco and Irish appeal: clover.
Although clover is considered by many modern greenthumbs as a pesky weed that should be eradicated (it certainly hasn't always been that way), its popularity as a lush, luck-filled ground cover is growing once again. Among its numerous benefits: it’s drought-resistant, attracts beneficial insects like bees, does not require fertilizers, requires minimal mowing, and naturally aerates soil while preventing erosion. Talk about sustainable shamrocks …
Since I’m not an experienced clover-grower myself, I’ve wrangled up a few informative how-to links in case you’re interested in learning more. It’s a pretty easy gardening effort that begins with picking a variety of clover appropriate for your climate.
• eHow - How to Plant Clover
• DIY Life - St. Pat's Day Shenanigans: Grow a Clover Lawn
• Garden Guides - How to Plant Clover Seed
• Sustainable Gardening Blog - Living Life in Clover
• DoItYourself.com - Plant a Clover Lawn
• wikiHow - How to Grow a Clover Lawn
What are your experiences with growing clover? Any tips to share about cultivating this easy-on-the-eyes, earth, and wallet grass alternative?