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So, you are leaving your clippings for 80% of your lawn’s nutrient needs. What is free and easy to add to that? If you’re lucky, the PRFCT ingredient is already growing right beneath your toes.
Clover is a nitrogen fixer—it pulls nitrogen from the air and releases it back into the soil when mowed. Those nitrogen-fixing roots run deep, keeping clover green even in hot, dry months. Your grass will love the nitrogen boost every time you mow, and the environment will love you for not adding more fertilizer.
Worried about bees? It's true that bees (and butterflies!) love clover flowers, but they are not aggressive away from their hives. Bees feasting on clover flowers should not sting unless stepped on directly. You can prevent stings by avoiding large clover patches, wearing shoes when on a flowering clover lawn, and mowing as soon as the flowers open. The cut flowers are also nitrogen-packed, so be sure to leave them along with the rest of your clippings.
Honey bees are critical to pollinating crops but their population has been declining in recent years, due in part to lethal pesticide exposure.
To help combat the problem the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to ban spraying pesticides while honey bees are pollinating crops.
The ban, however, would only restrict spraying on specific properties where growers arranged to bring in honey bees to pollinate their crops. While the proposal fails to address other sources of toxic pesticide exposure to bees, you don’t have to.
By simply not applying pesticides to your lawn and asking your friends and neighbors to do the same you can help save the honey bee population.