But we're gardeners here, so what about planting the stuff in our lawns? Here's what Less Lawn has to say about it:
"Clover is often planted by gardeners as a soil conditioner. It grows quickly and easily, chokes out weeds and is easily 'turned in' to the beds when planting time draws near. The deep root system reduces soil compaction. Clover is also a nitrogen-fixing plant, which
enriches the soil with natural fertilizer. Clover also works well, however, as a replacement for turf - consider the benefits:
Low Maintenance - Clover needs little to no watering or mowing.
No Fertilizers - Chemical fertilizers are not needed to grow clover.
Color - Clover stays green even in the driest part of summer.
Inexpensive - It costs about $4 to cover 4000 sq. ft. of turf area.
Comfortable - Easy to walk through or play on, although not as durable as grass."
Did you catch the bit about clover being a "nitrogen-fixing" plant? Now I'm no botanist, as Readers here have surely noticed, so I looked it up for you and it goes like this. Bacteria that live in nodules on the roots of clover convert nitrogen in the atmosphere into a form that's usable by plants. There, that's as technical as you'll ever get from me. Cool stuff, though.
And if you care about biodiversity (and who doesn't?), clover also supports more wildlife by providing nectar for those pollinating bees we all love and even attracts small, non-stinging but aphid-eating wasps.
So what's not to love? I'll concede that the romance of running barefoot across fields of flowering clover is sometimes ruined by the screams and curses of the newly bee-stung. But isn't that why God created gardening clogs and TEVA sandels?