One of the 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.
I am going to look into a grass mix with clover in it. I'm a product of one of those '50s neighborhoods and, now that I think of it, we did have a lot of pretty clover in our yard. It looked nice, smelled wonderful, and it didn't seem like my dad was a slave to the lawn mower.
Any thoughts from the lawn-lovers?
Steps to a new lawn
Here are the steps I'll take to renew my lawn when it's time. First, I'll mow it fairly short (3/4 inch) and remove as many weeds as possible. This will take an army, but I'm determined.
We will need to rent a dethatcher, a handy gadget that attaches to the back of the riding mower or ATV. It pulls up the tangle of dead grass that is at the roots of the grass. It's a good idea to run the dethatcher over the lawn twice, in opposite directions.
Next, we'll need to rent an aerator. This will give the roots air and make it easier for the soil to accept water and nutrients.
Next step is to overseed. More is not necessarily better -- typically, you can use half the recommended amount, going a bit heavier on really bad spots. Add fertilizer (slow-release organic is the best) and a thin layer of compost.
Here's the hard part for me: Keep the yard watered until rains start. We have a pretty good-sized area, and I hate to use that much water! I'll have to time this right to catch the rainy spring season just right so Mother Nature can help.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.