White Clover versus Fescue: A Cultural Examination of the Green Stuff
Irv's food for thought provoked social unrest. It was break on my summer job, during which conversation had once again drifted to lawn care. Being something all the guys were thought to have in common, lawn care came up every week. One historic Monday, Irv could hold his silence no longer. "I had to re-seed my dandelions this weekend" he said. Stunned silence. "They all died..those beautiful yellow flowers died in the drought" he explained, his face in deadpan. Unbearable expressions from the rest of the crew sent us back early to our work stations that day. And so it goes wherever native grass flourishes, and even in places where it does not, like Arizona. Do something different to your lawn and others think you're crazy, even if the result is beautiful and, environmentally speaking, an improvement. Could we Americans finally be ready for some lawn variety? As if to anwer this question, the parties behind the "Oregon Hill Land Wars" have displayed true scientific and artistic bravery in removing all lawn grasses, sowing the yard with 16 pounds of White Clover seed. Unlike Irv's co-workers, the neighbors of the clover covered lawn appear not to have been offended. Green-think and common sense, it seems, has spread like clover in partial shade. For proof that cultural evolution can be occur in America, have a look at the blog which documents all the goings on.We're impressed. Looks great and no bee problem is in evidence.
No mowing needed. The clover reportedly came back after a drought (see the weblog for documentary pics) and no weed invasion is in evidence.
I wish Irv were around to see it.
TreeHugger thanks Professor Peter Baldes for tipping us off to Jacq's project and to both of them for answering our questions about bees and so on.