Lawn

Rover in the Clover

Tired of those yellow dog pee spots in your lawn? Do you rush out every time your dog takes a wee and rinse abundantly with water to dilute the urine? 

Well, maybe you just have the wrong type of lawn! 

A clover lawn stays green, no matter how many dogs you have. Photo: http://www.gsheller.com

Try sowing clover. It makes a perfectly nice lawn, needs little mowing, remains green even during drought … and is highly resistant to dog pee. Like, it loves the stuff! 

So, dog owners, the next time you renovate your lawn, why not sow clover instead of lawn grass?

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

6 comments on “Rover in the Clover

  1. Good advice and a chuckle – win/win. 🙂

  2. Ha! This stuff is rad. It gets used as a cover crop, but would make a good temporary lawn if only it wold be allowed to stay. Unfortunately, it never got popular here in California, probably because it want just as much water in summer as turf grass wants, and is likely to get bald spots after hot weather.

    • Definitely more a crop for cool climates.

      • The heat is not very bad here. The aridity, which makes the heat more tolerable for us, is the problem for clover, which prefers more humidity while warm.

      • It is nice while it lasts though. It is used as a cover crop, and is sometimes too pretty to till under.

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