[NAFEX] New Zealand Clover
jmichaelnave at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 26 18:26:01 EDT 2007
The trade off may yet be the voles. They don't come in
overnight. They build up over the years.
--- Richard MURPHY <murphman108 at msn.com> wrote:
> Here's my observation / comments on NZC............
> For Orchard Alley rows Ground Cover, this New
> Zealand Clover isn't bad, so far.
> I planted it last year, and it germinated quickly.
> Fairly good fill, a bit spindle because I put down
> too much seed.
> Then, this Spring I had to mow the whole mess once,
> as there was still a little Timothy hay sneaking
> through, and a tiny bit of Rape. Having done that
> one mow, it has come back to about a 6" height, and
> all are in bloom with white clover flowers.
> The idea here is to reduce mowing time without
> allowing the alleys to become 4' tall weeds. So far,
> the NZC has choked out all competition, and provides
> stable footing rather than mud. The one thing that I
> do worry about is voles. This stuff looks like it
> would be the perfect little 'mini canopy' for voles
> to run around under. To that end, I am building some
> bait stations for my little pals. More on that
> later. One could also then argue, that sprinkling a
> few of the Zinc Phosphide grain bait pellets near
> the trees is not too risky, because the birds can't
> see the pellets below the canopy !! Yay.
> Well, the reduced mowing is working so far. Last
> week I mowed the Apples and the Saskatoons alleys,
> and smiled at the NZC. It also attracts bees. There
> must be a trade-off, but I haven't seen it yet.
> You might want to try a small patch of this clover.
> It's not too expensive to seed. A little goes a long
> Richard Murphy
> zone 4 Maine>
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