Everyone knows that a healthy, green lawn can significantly improve a Fruita rental property’s curb appeal. But for single-family rental property owners, traditional lawn maintenance can often be a problem. If you depend on your tenants to maintain the lawn, you will get varied results. Many tenants have no idea how to care for a lawn or they may not want to put in the time and effort required.
Your other option is to do it yourself or hire professional landscapers, both of which cost time and money. If you want to stop struggling with lawn maintenance but still keep a green yard, it may be time to consider planting clover. Let us look at the advantages planting clover offers single-family rental property owners.
Pros & Cons to Growing Clover
Unlike most lawn grasses, clover has many benefits that can help boost your rental’s landscaping and appearance. Clovers also fix atmospheric nitrogen which all plants need to grow, Aside from making your lawn a vivid green, planting clovers also encourages the healthy growth of nearby plants.
Drought-resistant clover also tends to stay greener longer than most grasses do with just regular watering. Clover is also a natural weed and pest deterrent, so it will lessen your frequency for bug spraying as well as save you time from pulling weeds out of the lawn. Finally, clover is very low maintenance. You won’t have to do much mowing since it only grows to a few inches in height.
As with anything, these benefits also come with a few disadvantages. Clover is more prone to trampling than most grasses and can stain clothing. This is something you should consider for yards that get a lot of use. Clover also prefers soil that is kept somewhat moist. It doesn’t do well in very dry climates, like the desert regions. If you choose to use clover, you would benefit from choosing one native to your area.
How to Plant
Clover is easy to plant and grow in many parts of the country. You can add clover to an existing grass lawn by raking the top layer of soil and then seeding right over the lawn. The clover will grow together with the grass, enriching the soil while making the grass healthier. If you want to use clover as a groundcover instead, you’ll need to start with damp, cultivated soil.
Just as you would for a lawn or wildflower garden, prepare the ground and then sow the clover seeds. Clover grows quickly and you will soon have a low-maintenance carpet of rich, green beauty.
Before you plant clover in your rental property’s yard, you have to first choose the best variety that fits your soils and climate. The clover most people use in lawns is Dutch white clover. This variety grows to about 4 – 6 inches in height and has white flower blooms from time to time. One reason for its popularity is its resistance to drought, plus it doesn’t really grow very tall. The flowers, however, can bother some people and must be mowed every few weeks.
Another even easier variety to maintain is the micro-clover. Micro-clovers are smaller than other clovers, with leaves half the size. It doesn’t bloom often and stays below 4 inches high with occasional mowing. Micro-clovers have been around for some time and are quickly gaining popularity because they are low maintenance.
A micro-clover lawn only needs to be mowed once a month or so, compared to weekly with most grasses. If anyone wants less lawn maintenance while still improving a rental’s exterior appearance, this is a good option.
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