Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Carpet of clover
This is my TENTH summer season at this house. When I moved in the lawns were filled with - grass. There were a few patches of white clover here and there in the back, but the rest of the place was a typical American green desert, lending no support whatsoever to bird, bee, or bunny.
Since then I've tried like crazy to redistribute the white clover. The back lawns took to it pretty well, with more swaths of clover every year. I don't know what the tipping event was last year, though, but this year the ENTIRE PROPERTY now sports a lush carpet of clover. Even the front lawn, the last holdout for some reason, decided to join the party.
And as for bees -- I've had more honeybees per square foot this year than any other year. I estimate that there are at least 4 honeybees per square foot! And I have 1.25 ACRES! When I sit out in the lawn on these torrid days, the first thing you hear is HUM. A low pervasive DRONE. It's just incredible!!
I don't know if these are owned hives or feral. It doesn't matter. The bees are THRIVING!
Nope, not gonna mow until all the blooms are blown, brown and dead. Then I'll hold off even a little longer - making sure the seeds have formed so I can spread them again for next year.
(I haven't mentioned the native bees. They, too, are just everywhere. I'll do up a post about them very soon.)
Meanwhile, the lawn hasn't been this white since winter! :-D