I mowed the lawn. It’s a job I don’t relish. White clover, also known as Dutch clover, adjusts when mowed and flowers on shorter stems. 

I prefer it to grass. Not long ago, it was considered a standard of excellence in lawn care. The clover grows quickly and is a fertilizer factory, a nitrogen-fixing plant that improves the fertility and health of the soil. Bees use it as a nectar source, rabbits and deer eat it, it’s immune to the brown patches caused by dog urine, it outcompetes other weeds and remains green in hot weather. What’s the downside? It isn’t durable in high-traffic areas and it can stain clothing.

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