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I am looking to seed my pathways with white clover mainly because i have a bunch of seed, any reason i shouldn't go ahead?
 
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I like the idea - want to hear what others think. I might try it myself in a few areas.
 
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Usually people plant dwarf clover on places they're going to walk. Normal white clover should be small enough, even if it might not be "dwarf".

I planted red clover (T. Ladino/Pratense) on places that I don't walk, and it needs whacking. But it looks nice. Even in a shady area, it gets about a foot high or more.

Could feasibly plant that where I walk and just cut it more often. It's amazingly durable.

This pic was taken just after hand cutting it back.
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John Seaver wrote:any reason i shouldn't go ahead?



it won't stay put in your paths. the stolons can be pretty darn tenacious and moderately aggressive.

that isn't to say I advise against it, just that you ought to plan for the clover spreading.
 
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It's lovely for the bees, deer, groundhogs and if you have any chickens free ranging. It should also choke out any weeds to leave you a path that is pretty uniform and green all spring, summer and fall.
 
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Tamera, in Portugal, used white clover on a lot of their paths - here's a few photos.





 
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thank you all! i am going to go for ii, seems like a good choice for our situation...permies is such a cool site!
 
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One concern: clover is quite slippery compared to grass. If you plant it on a slope, you may find yourself going down the slope on your backside or hip, especially on dewy mornings.
 
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I wonder if there is a nutrient accumulation/exchange advantage to having green pathways made of clover, dandelion and other nutrient accumulating ground covers. I think I saw 'skeeter' in one of paul's videos say that he leaves weeds in his pathways to feed the soil. I would think that the mycelium would then be able to ferry those extra nutrients from the pathways around to garden plants. Of course I could imagine some super high traffic paths would be better off mulched with whatever brown organic stuff is available.
 
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Don't forget that if you walk around in clover while wearing sandals you can easily get a bee sting.
 
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