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White clover in lawns - provider or detractor?

As a horticulture educator I often get questions on how to kill white clover in lawns. It was once common practice to add white clover to lawn grass mixes. As a legume the white clover helped to naturally fix nitrogen from the air and the accompanying lawn grass benefited from the clover's abilities. White clover provides not only for the grass but also for bees and butterflies such as this bu...

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When is a garden a natural area?

The line between gardens and natural areas has always been pretty blurry to me.  I doubt the buckeye butterfly that visits the sedum in my garden loses even one wing scale worrying about whether he is in a garden or a natural area. He just wants a meal. My garden is as much about what shows up in it as it is about what I plant in it. Join me as I plan and plant my garden and ponder the visitor...

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