micro clover

Asked January 28, 2019, 9:30 PM EST

I saw a piece on TV about Black Beauty Micro Clover for lawns . Will this grow well in the 6 and 7 growing zones? Also will is grow well in shady areas? I have previously had the soil in my yard tested by the extension service. From what I have read, this micro clover should grow will in my soil conditions.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

We do not have specific research data on the 'Black Beauty' variety of microclover. The University of Maryland has tested the "Pirouette" variety, the results of which you can see in this publication: https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_...

Microclover has very poor shade tolerance. It is typically used in combination with turfgrass. For Maryland, turf-type tall fescue is recommended for most situations, but you need at least 4 hours of sunlight daily in the area where you want it to grow. If you have less than 4 hours of direct sunlight in the area, here is information about growing grass in the shade: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/growing-grass-shade and some possible lawn alternatives, https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-alternatives.