Using birds foot trefoil for lawn on a farm (Pardee?)

Asked April 9, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

Seeing trefoil surviving from a seeding of a field 8 years ago, I wondered if it could be a low maintenance lawn with a mowing couple x's a year? Area gets no foot traffic. The yellow blossoms are lovely.

Washtenaw County Michigan

1 Response

Using Bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.) might not be a good choice for a lawn covering. It is considered weedy and is invasive in some areas. You might end up with it creeping into a neighbors lawn who does not like a yellow blooming lawn. Some day, if you decide you don't like it, it will be difficult to remove.

Here is a link to information about it's invasiveness.

There is a display of alternatives to lawn grasses at the botanical gardens in Ann Arbor. You might consider looking at this.

Here is information on low maintenance lawns.

There are better choices than Bird’s-foot trefoil.