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Clover on our lawn. Would this upset you?

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Portofino Sun 28-Jun-09 20:26:03

We rent a house which was brand new when we moved in. We plan to stay a while so have made reasonable efforts with the garden to make it nice. Our lawn is a bit bumpy, and currently covered in clover. We commented on how pretty it was, and how it was attracting bees and butterflies....

Next door however doesn't share our enthusiasm. He has complained that the seeds will go onto his lawn and suggested some chemicals to kill it off!

He is a bit of a miserable sod, and I don#t really want to use loads of weedkiller in our garden. What would you do?

CherryChoc Sun 28-Jun-09 20:30:50

Ignore him! It's your garden and not your problem if the seeds go into his garden, what are you supposed to do? Clover isn't as bad as dandelions or something like that.

nickytwotimes Sun 28-Jun-09 20:31:46

Your neighbour is being an arse. I am a keen gardener and we never use weedkiller. It is rotten stuff. My FIL is always using 'weed, feed and mosskiller' in his regimented garden. Sure, his grass looks good, but he doesn't have the birds and lovely bees and buterflies we have. Our garden is well tended - I do not an to suggest we have a jungle! - but there is a balance. Personally I prefer my cottage garden to his municipal monstrosity.

<steps off hihg horse> wink

AMumInScotland Sun 28-Jun-09 20:44:57

If he doesn't like clover, then he can use the chemicals on his lawn. The air is full of seeds of all kinds of weeds - yours aren't going to make any real difference to him.

Personally, I like clover, daisies, buttercups etc in the lawn!

MumtoCharlieandLola Sun 28-Jun-09 21:02:15

Have you tried switching to Utterly Butterly smile

MumtoCharlieandLola Sun 28-Jun-09 21:03:40

Sorry Portofino, couldn't resist, its your lawn, stuff him !!

cornsilk Sun 28-Jun-09 21:04:10

LOL at utterly butterly! We have loads of clover as well. The rabbit loves it!

ABetaDad Sun 28-Jun-09 21:05:33

Portofino* - chemical to kill clover?

What possible harm can clover do to his lawn?
Your lawn will never produce clover seed if it is cut regularly. On top of that, even if it did the clover is a trefoil and hence fixes nitrogen in the lawn so feeding the grass. It also puts 'bottom' in the lawn.

Ignore him. Clover is not a nuisance weed. Don't suppose he can stop dandelion seeds blowing over and they are far worse.

LadyOfWaffle Sun 28-Jun-09 21:06:03

Leave them! hate the over manicured look - natural is the way to go!

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 28-Jun-09 21:06:28

Clover is lovely

MumtoCharlieandLola Sun 28-Jun-09 21:07:14

ooo, hello LOW, long time no see

Debs75 Sun 28-Jun-09 21:14:40

Leave him to it, clover is nice to see.
Our garden is full of dandelions as our autistic son loves blowing the clocks. It makes him very happy and for a few weeks keeps him occupied.
One of our neighbours cuts their lawn so short it looks bare, and horrible

catinthehat2 Sun 28-Jun-09 21:19:30

We cut the grass on our allotment field. People always try to leave an uncut strip to ENCOURAGE clover-bees-pollination. Kill the bee attractants and watch the problems for fruit later on.

Nutter. Ignore.

ZZZenAgain Sun 28-Jun-09 21:22:07

Clover wouldn't faze me. What kind of garden does the neighbour have then?

Portofino Sun 28-Jun-09 21:45:51

Neighbour is Armenian I think. He has some grape vines planted but no flowers! He has a perfect lawn though.

Lulubee Sun 28-Jun-09 21:47:21

Like everyone else said - we need plants that attract bees and it's lovely watching them bumble their way around the flowers. He sounds like a miserable old git but if you want a quiet life you need to keep your neighbours sweet, so just tell him, (in the nicest possible way) that you're designing your garden to attract wildlife, and flatter him by asking if he has any advice!

Rubyrubyrubyinthegame Sun 28-Jun-09 21:52:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Floopy21 Mon 29-Jun-09 12:19:39

Clover makes the lawn more drought proof. After what I'm sure will turn out to be a hot few months, his will be parched & brown whereas yours will be green and beautiful...maybe then would be a good 'told you so' time?!

MamaG Mon 29-Jun-09 12:22:32

oh I love clover!

MerlinsBeard Mon 29-Jun-09 12:25:07

Are you kidding?! I LOVE having clover on my lawn!! Have to point out that it is my first lawn (had no garden in our previous flat) and it looks so pretty

MumtoCharlieandLola Mon 29-Jun-09 12:45:14

Ah, MamaG

Oh we all love Clover,
all over this laaaanndd,

LOL grin

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