White clover (Trifolium repens) is a herbaceous perennial that requires slightly acidic, well-drained, and evenly moist soil; blooms from May to June; grows up to 0.25 to 0.50 feet tall and 1 to 1.50 feet wide; and requires full partial shade for optimal growth, though will also tolerate areas that receive full sun.
Some homeowners consider white clover as a weed, but it has a few unique strengths that make it useful to have around and that you might want to consider before you decide to get rid of it.
5 Benefits of White Clover
White clover is a very resilient perennial plant – in fact, it is the most resilient of the clover genus. This, therefore, makes it very well-suited to act as a ground cover crop, with its ability to withstand mowing and high traffic areas.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that white clover doesn’t necessarily handle repeat high traffic very well, so it is recommended to mix the clover in with high traffic grass.
White clover is also able to withstand grazing very well. Due to its high protein content that stands at 28%, this makes it an excellent source of nutrition for many farm animals. While cows can eat clover, one thing to watch out for is bloat, which is why white clover is recommended as a mixture with one or more grasses for pasture.
With its ability to produce 80-130 pounds per acre, white clover does not need to be fertilized and is an excellent nitrogen-fixer. This can save you time, effort, and money.
Prevents Soil Compaction
White clover is able to break up and prevent soil compaction thanks to featuring a very thick and interconnected root system.
White clover acts as an excellent weed cover thanks to its large biomass production and ability to compete well in less than favorable conditions.