Cottage lawn with small leaf white clover seed is an excellent alternative to standard garden lawn seed mixtures which often struggle on poor quality or low fertility soils without regular applications of artificial fertiliser.
Once established, small leaved white clover absorbs nitrogen from the atmosphere and bacteria converts it into available plant food in small biological nodules attached to the clovers roots. This free fertiliser slowly leaches from the nodules and other plant residues feeding the adjacent companion lawn grasses, keeping them lush and green.
Clover also produces a deep tap root meaning the plant stays green in prolonged periods of drought without additional watering even on the poorest quality/free draining soils .
There are some points worth considering before purchasing a grass and small leaf white clover lawn seed mixture. Clover plants are not particularly tolerant of high traffic wear, can become dominant in a turf (they are difficult to eradicate) and can stain quite badly if the leaf is bruised or broken whilst in contact with cloths or other fabrics.
However, this is the most environmentally friendly lawn seed mixture and small leaf white seed is proven to be an easy way of maintaining a great looking, lush, green lawn without addition chemical applications.