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By Steve Wysall for The Vancouver Sun
Is it time to get rid of your lawn and try something different? It might be hard to imagine what you would have instead of a lawn but there are all sorts of creative alternatives. In West Vancouver, for instance, Chris and Rick Alexander have a lawn of white microclover. When they finished renovating their home on Fulton Avenue and putting in new drainage, their old lawn and garden was pretty much destroyed. Instead of re-turfing with grass, they decided to try sowing microclover – a newly developed form of clover that has softer stems and is shade tolerant as well as considerably drought resistant.
At the time, the makers of the new seed were reluctant to sell it without mixing it with 10 per cent grass seed, so the Alexanders were forced to buy it as a clover-grass mix. “I wish we could have done it all in clover,” says Rick. “The clover has been fantastic; it is the grass that is the problem now because it doesn’t look like the rest.” Nevertheless, the Alexanders are happy with their decision and have found that their new clover lawn stays green all year round, even through the drought days of summer. It requires less watering, no fertilizing and is easy to trim. “People are always stopping to ask us about it,” says Rick. “We cut it once a week. The original plan was not to cut it at all but we find a trim once a week in summer keeps it looking good.”The Alexanders bought their seed from David Wall, of Premier Pacific Seeds, who is introducing it to the Lower Mainland. “Many years of breeding and selection have resulted in revolutionary micro-clovers,” he says. “When it is combined with grass, the microclover spoon feeds the grass with nitrogen, making a lawn healthy and vigorous.” The white clover also crowds out weeds, preventing new ones getting established, and it also stays green all year round. “And nothing tolerates mowing like microclover does because of the unique dense structure of the leaves.” [Click here for original article]
DLF Group is the Grass Seed Supplier for WORLD CUP 2014
The DLF Group has again been chosen as the grass seed supplier to the stadiums and training facilities that will host the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world, the Final Rounds of the World Cup in Brazil 2014. DLF's premium sports turf was recognized for its quality for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, and the organizer's choice of grass seed supplier for the upcoming World Cup confirms their confidence in the grass solutions recommended for Brazil by DLF. Read the press release here.
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