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Chris and Rick Alexander with microclover lawn

Microclover Lawn Gets Great Reviews

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.

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Crop Report - Spring, 2015 

With some warmer temperatures in February and March following a mild winter, many of our Cool Season grasses are ahead of normal growth stages. A recent cooling of day temperatures will help to slow grop growth. It still appears that we may have an earlier harvest pending the rest of our spring weather. 

Generally, the crops look normal, but there have been some battles with slugs and voles (field mice). The voles eat seed tillers and with mild conditions, they build up large populations. Baiting must be done by hand and placed underground to avoid injury to migrating geese. Also with mild conditions winter annual weeds continue to grow, requiring additional herbicide applications and some of these materials reduce seed yield potential. 

With very little snow this year, Oregon is concerned about major water shortages and drought conditions. Basically the harvest is yet to be determined and the weather (which is largely unpredictable in Oregon in the springtime) will be the deciding factor on yields.

 

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