Thursday, June 10, 2010
Common lawn clover
As I often do when I post a photo, I went googling, and found a number of sites and photos and such of clover, one of interest, had this about clover:
"When you see clover in the lawn and garden (red, white and pink clover), it is actually providing many benefits. It is a member of the legume family, which makes it a nitrogen fixer. Nitrogen fixers are plants that take nitrogen from the soil and air and convert it into a form that is useful for nearby plants. It also attracts bees, which as you know, are the most important pollinators in the yard and garden. It also creates biodiversity in the lawn, without competing strongly with the grass.
If the clover you are referring to is yellow clover (also called black medic) that is a different story. Yellow clover is a sign of low nitrogen in the soil. It can take over your lawn and choke out your grass. The best way to get rid of it is not by using a product, but by improving the soil quality (specially the level of nitrogen) in your yard and garden. This can be done with the addition of organic fertilizers or by adding 1-2 inches of compost to your lawn and garden beds in the fall. The weeds themselves can be dug out by hand, preferably when the soil is wet." Credit for these statements went to Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media.
So, Man, you just might want to consider "loving" your clover now. Well, some of your clover, mmmmm, we have both yellow and this beauty above, the white and pink. How interesting is that??? Got nitrogen?? Maybe, maybe not! What I cannot figure out, is why we have one growing right next to the other???