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Adding clover to your Long Island landscape

by on June 3, 2015

Clover is an easy addition to your Long Island landscape, and offers a unique charm that even the best looking grass cannot match. Additionally, clover holds a great number of advantages over grass. If you’re looking to spruce up your Long Island landscape and add in something different, here are some reasons why you should consider installing patches of clover.

  • Low-maintenance. Put your Long Island lawn mower and garden hose away! Clover is quite drought-resistant and requires little to no mowing since it only grows between 2 and 8 inches. Because it doesn’t have dramatic growth spurts, it also doesn’t need very much water and will remain green throughout the seasons.
  • Grows in any climate, in any soil. Landscapes all over the country can grow clover and it will even grown in soil that you may have a hard time planting grass or other plants. If this is the case, clover is a perfect solution for utilizing this otherwise useless area.
  • No need for fertilizer or herbicides. Clover self-fertilizes, so there is no need to add anything to the mix in order to make it grow. Additionally, clover is very unlike grass in that it defeats weeds in the competition for nutrients and water. Ugly weeds are highly unlikely to appear in your clover patches.
  • Resistant to “urine spots.” If you have grass and a dog, you more than likely have discolored spots in your Long Island lawn that are revealing of where your dog likes to relieve himself. Clover will never discolor due to the nitrogen and salt that causes the discoloration of grass.
  • Cheaper than grass. Clover is a much more cost-effective choice for your Long Island landscape. In addition to requiring no fertilization or herbicides and less water, the seeds are also cheaper than grass seed. Landscape specialists estimate clover costs around $ 4 for every 4,000 square feet! The only disadvantage associated with this is that clover may need to be re-seeded every 2-3 years, but since it’s relatively inexpensive and doesn’t require much upkeep, this seems like a positive trade-off!

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