Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.
Clover used to be a staple lawn grass.
Originally Posted by COAL REAPER
Newly invented and aggressively marketed chems (yes, looking at you - 2,4-D) meant to eradicate them dandelions in the front yard patches of recent WWII veterans (everyone wanted that dream home post-war, however tiny, standard, and faceless; that tiny, perfectly trimmed, green patch in front of the tiny, cubicle-like beige home was the part of that dream). The promise of keeping the lawn dandelion-free with minimal personal effort was made (who does not want to feel like the rich? sure...)
Well, too bad, the 2.4-D is a systemic poison that kills most ALL broad-leaf plants (white clover and cripping charlie included).
What the chem companies do?
They declare the clovers - weed!
If it dies of the miracle herbicide, it MUST be a weed.
And it goes.....
All in all, non-stop treating and non-stop mowing the lawns down to 2-3 inch does nothing good but only creates resource waste and pollution.
Set your mower high, set it to "mulch", cut once per week IF that.
I cut my treatment-free lawn too with all its clover, charlies, dandelions and whatever else in it.
The sheep replacement that I am - do what I can to act like a herbivore (cut the grass, pulverize well, dump right back).
In short, you can have both - human eye pleasure and a bug pasture - all in one.
Blooming lawn is coming back to the fashion, hopefully for while.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.