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Clover Mixture for new lawn

Posted by sdgeiger z6 PA (My Page) on
Wed, May 30, 07 at 12:39

Hello,

We have a new construction home with only dirt. The borough where we live is giving us a hard time because we don't have grass and that we still have the old "silk" fence that is used to hold back the topsoil runoff, so we're in a bit of a rush, unfortunately.

We haven't decided what to plant for our lawn (we've planted only native trees (fruit), bushes, vegetables thus far). I've heard good things about clover, but we do not want a mono-culture lawn, even though clover is better than traditional lawns (including the chemical lawns that surround us). We've also considered Eco-Lawn, but were not sure if it's native to this area.

Could someone give me an idea of what would make a good mixture of clover and grasses that we could use and where to purchase them? We are looking for native grasses to Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Thanks!
Scott


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RE: Clover Mixture for new lawn

Hi Scott - We just did a newly cleared 3 acre area of our property with a 50/50 mix of Red Crimson and White Dutch clovers and then overseeded the area with a short fescue mix. We are very happy with the results. It's attractive and easy to maintain but will need some additional seeding down the line and it can't be mowed as close as the "my lawn is a golf course" neighbors might like. ;) No authority here but I would think all would do well in your area.

Your local county extension office should be a good source of info for you on local natives and sources for them. I found this one article linked below but it sounds like most of them are clump grasses rather than runners such as you would need. I wish you luck.

Check out:

NativeGrasses.com and also Wildflower Farms I have purchased seed from them in the past with good results.

Here is a link that might be useful: PA Native Grasses


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