How To Grow a Microclover Lawn

What is microclover?

It’s an eco-friendly solution. Microclover is known as a small version of the Dutch white clover. It’s a great eco-friendly alternative for your lawn, since it requires less water, fertilizer, compost and weeding. In summary, a microclover lawn is greener, healthier, easier, cheaper, and eco-friendly than a traditional lawn.

How to grow a microclover lawn

  1. Remove existing lawn. 
  2. Lay down topsoil.
  3. Spread the seeds.
  4. If a roller is available, use it.
  5. Irrigate. 
  6. Allow the products to establish.
  7. Mow.

Get rid of existing lawn

You can rent heavier equipment, such as a sod cutter, which will cut under the turf and slice it into strips. Roll up the strips for use elsewhere or just turn the sod upside down and let it compost. You can remove grass manually with a shovel, but the process is very labor-intensive and best for a small plot of grass.

Advantages of Microclover

  1. It stays green all summer, with little or no watering.
  2. It requires little or no mowing.
  3. It attracts beneficial insects (like bees) which can be helpful for pollinator gardens.
  4. It never needs fertilizer.
  5. It never needs herbicides.
  6. Clover grows well in pure soil.
  7. It feels great on bare feet.
  8. And best of all it’s inexpensive!

Get rid of Chafer Beetle with Microclover

Chafer beetle tends to deposit he’s grubs more often in regular lawns but for them, it’s harder to raise in a micro clover lawn. When your lawn is infected with grubs the raccoons also crowns came to party hard, for that reason when you wake up in the morning you will see the damage in your yard.


Organic Solutions for Chafer Beetle

”Possible solution but not a guarantee”. A good option to get rid of chafer beetle is to apply nematodes in the third week in July, just when they might parasitize the eggs and early larval stage of the chafers. While nematodes are a good solution for many soil dwelling beetle species, timing is critical in the control of chafer beetles. 

Organic Herbicides

Pesticides aren’t legal anymore. So it its better to use organic herbicides. 

Organic Herbicides are generally used in conjunction with cultural and mechanical weed control practices. They are non-selective, meaning they have no ability to differentiate between weeds or basil. Organic herbicides also are most effective on post-emergent plants, those that are currently growing.

Chafer Beetle lifecycle control

The chafer’s life cycle is one year. The imago (adult) stage is only 1–2 weeks long, with adult beetles growing to approximately 13–14 millimetres (0.51–0.55 in) in length. The adult chafers emerge from the ground in late spring and mate in large swarms, usually on shrubs and low trees.

They are most active on warm, clear nights when the temperature is over 19C (66F). The beetles come out of the ground at about 8:30 pm, mate through the night, and then return to the soil before the sun rises; they may return to the trees to mate again several times over the mating period.


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