Learn how to supplement or replace your traditional lawn with Microclover. This eco-friendly lawn alternative will help you use less water and save both time and money.
Replacing your traditional, grassy lawn has never been easier. With great products like Microclover on the market, you can create a landscape that is way more ecofriendly than your current, resource-sucking lawn.
All the time, energy, and water, so much water, you've wasted trying to keep your lawn green has led you to this point. Instead, imagine a low maintenance lawn that requires no more fertilizing and less time spent on the upkeep of your traditional lawn because you decided to be proactive. Good for you!
In this podcast (and on the page below), learn more about this great lawn alternative, tools and supplies you may need to get started, and resources to help you begin your journey!
In "Microclover- What It Is and Why You Should Use It" - DIY Garden Minute 108 - learn about microclover and its benefits. This episode is meant for any gardener wanting to create or learn more about eco-friendly, drought-tolerant gardening.
If you're looking for one way to get started now in creating a more water-wise landscape any time of year, there are several tools, supplies, and strategies that will work together to lower the overall water use in your yard.
Our water timer has been a huge benefit in our yard and we couldn't imagine life without it (yes, we're a tad bit dramatic but we really love it)! Pick up your own today!
Next, read on to learn about alternative lawn options or jump to the section you need:
- Lawn Alternatives
- Tools and supplies for lawn alternative landscapes
- Videos for lawn alternatives
- Drought-Tolerant supplies kit
Have you ever wanted to make a BIG change somewhere in your landscape that you weren't sure would work?
Well, this past winter we did something crazy. We decided to follow through on one of our (many) landscape renovation projects and tore out our whole front lawn! It was unattractive, hard to keep green, and required a lot of maintenance.
All the neighbors thought we were nuts because everyone on our street loved their nice, green lawns that all require a ton of upkeep, including watering, fertilizing, mowing, etc.
We knew we wanted to eliminate all the water, time, and effort spent trying to keep our lawn healthy so instead, we created a front yard garden!
We filled our new water-wise landscape with drought-tolerant herbs, low-water perennials, gravel, and started growing tons of food. As it turns out, our neighbors love our new front yard renovation and stop by all the time to chat about it!
In addition, this fall we plan to re-seed our backyard with this microclover seed from Nature's Seed (see below for more on this seed) to further improve our low-water, eco-friendly garden goals.
These are just a couple of ideas for lawn alternatives that you could use to replace your traditional lawn.
Examples of lawn alternatives:
- Creeping thyme
- Drought-tolerant plants
- Ornamental grasses
- Synthetic, artificial turf
This lawn alternative is the BEST option for your eco-friendly landscape, especially if you still want the green look without the need for fertilizing or massive watering.
Microclover is a small variety of White Dutch Clover seed that has been bred to have smaller leaves. It can be used as a standalone, groundcover or as a lawn seed mix to use with your existing lawn. Plus, it is dog-friendly, can be walked on without harming it, and doesn't bloom as much as normal clover (so fewer bees to worry about stepping on).
We plan to use this microclover seed to re-seed our backyard lawn as a seed mix. It would be best added in the fall or spring and will establish quickly.
In addition, this clover can also be used as a cover crop in your raised garden beds because it fixes nitrogen in the soil. Basically, it acts as a self-fertilizer. This characteristic helps it stay green all year with very little maintenance required. You can mow it, but you don't have to. Plus you never have to fertilize!
There are so many beneficial reasons to use microclover. Below are some of its many benefits.
Benefits of microclover:
- Stays green all year (due to the nitrogen-fixing in the soil).
- Great for pets because it can tolerate pet urine.
- Safe for kids because it can be stepped on.
- Low-growing and doesn't flower often so fewer bees (compared to other clovers).
- Light watering required.
- Does not require fertilizing.
- Considered drought-tolerant.
Now that you have picked out your microclover seed, you need the proper tools to maintain it for a low-water garden. Luckily, there are so many ways to alter your landscape in order to use less water as well as less of other resources.
Below are also several tools, supplies, and books that we use and recommend for you to add to your drought-tolerant collection!
For example, this water timer is a great tool for your alternative, eco-friendly landscape. By setting the timer to the length or frequency you want, you'll save time and money on precious resources and bills. We love our Orbit water timer and we feel good knowing that we only use water as needed. Pick yours up today at the link below! (They also have timers with only one hose attachment or as many as three).
Other Recommended Supplies:
You'll need some type of garden hose for your plants and this is one of the highest-rated on Amazon from Flexzilla. It is flexible, durable, and comes in multiple lengths for whatever size your yard.
Lawn Alternative and Drought-Tolerant Books
Further your drought-tolerance and low-water knowledge with these great book suggestions!
In order to help you make your decision and present you with other alternative options for a traditional lawn, check out these two videos below. We hope they are helpful!
Conclusion for Microclover
Water continues to become more precious every year. Changing your landscape in order to use less water as well as less of other resources is a positive step forward in helping our environment. With so many eco-friendly options available, it has never been easier to make the switch.
Now we want to hear from you!
What questions do you have about using Microclover or any of the lawn alternatives we've discussed? Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!
Microclover and Lawn Alternatives References:
- "Tired of Mowing? Try These Plants and Groundcovers" - DIY Network
- "Keep Off the Grass: 5 Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn" - Bob Vila
- "Drought-Resistant Landscaping Ideas" - SFGate
- "Xeric-, Water-Wise, Drought-Tolerant: What Does It All Mean?" - Sunset Magazine
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Learn how to supplement or replace your traditional lawn with Microclover. This lawn alternative will help you use less water and save both time and money.
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In this podcast, you'll learn about a great lawn alternative called microclover. Hear why you should consider planting it instead of, or in addition to, your traditional lawn.
Free Fall Season Gardening chapter from our ebook, Four-Season Gardening.
Clover free plant reference sheet (from our free resource library)
What You'll Learn:
- Microclover uses and benefits.
- Recommendations for microclover seed to purchase.
- Links for further resources or education.
Some of the resources and products below may be affiliate links, meaning we might get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
- Lawn Alternatives for Your Drought-Tolerant Landscape - DIY Garden Minute Ep. 106
- Drought-Tolerant Plants and Why They're Beneficial for Your Low-Water Garden - Ep. 37
- Blanket Flower: Gardener's Guide and Plant Profile
- Drought-Tolerance Defined - DIY Garden Minute Ep. 104
- Drought-Tolerant Perennials That Bloom All Summer -DIY Garden Minute Ep. 97
Other Gardening Products Related To This Podcast You Might Not Have:
- Drought-Tolerant Supplies Kit
- White Clover Cover Crop
- Orbit Water Timer
- Gilmour Soaker Hose
- RTS Rain Barrel