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11 reasons why clover makes a much better lawn than grass

It's better for your wallet and the planet.

11 reasons why clover makes a much better lawn than grass
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When most people consider the idea of the American dream, it involves a married couple with 2.4 kids, a playful puppy, and a house in the suburbs with a lush, green lawn.

People's lawns mean a lot to them. They show pride of ownership and also give the lawn's owner a certain status in the neighborhood. Maintaining a lawn costs money and takes time, so only those of us with resources to burn can properly maintain one.


However, over the past few years, people have been rethinking the idea of having a lawn. A big reason is that they're bad for the environment. Lawns require tons of weed-killing chemicals that eventually make their way into the groundwater and kill off native species of plants and insects.

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Lawns also require gallons upon gallons of potable drinking water and dangerous fertilizers that release nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that fuels climate change.

The tools required to maintain lawns such as lawnmowers, weed whackers, and blowers all require gasoline which releases toxic fumes into the environment.

While many people are removing their lawns and replacing them with native plants, rocks, or decomposed granite, there's a way to have a lush, green surface without having to resort to grass: clover.

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Clover requires no mowing or watering and zero fertilizer or herbicides. At the same time, it improves the soil and attracts beneficial bugs, bees, and butterflies.

Plus, it's even softer on your feet than traditional grass.

Here are 11 reasons why you should rip out your grass lawn and go clover:

1. A 100% clover lawn requires zero fertilizer; a grass lawn that includes clover requires less.

2. Clover grows well in both partial shade and sun.

3. The white flowers produced by clover attract beneficial pollinators likes bees and butterflies.

4. Clover kills weeds so there's no need to break your back weeding or to use harmful herbicides.

5. It doesn't turn yellow when dogs pee on it.

6. Clover stays green all summer, with little to no watering.

7. It requires little or no mowing and white clover grows just two to eight inches tall.

8. Clover tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions.

9. Seed is really cheap. The average cost is about $4 per 4,000 square feet.

10. It feels great on your feet.

11. Clover eliminates the need to aerate.

The idea that somehow a grass lawn is superior to a clover lawn is more suburban myth than anything backed by reality. So why not switch to clover and save yourself time, money, and a little piece of the planet?

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As millions of Americans have raced to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, millions of others have held back. Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new, of course, especially with new vaccines, but the information people use to weigh their decisions matters greatly. When choices based on flat-out wrong information can literally kill people, it's vital that we fight disinformation every which way we can.

Researchers at the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to disrupting online hate and misinformation, and the group Anti-Vax Watch performed an analysis of social media posts that included false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines between February 1 and March 16, 2021. Of the disinformation content posted or shared more than 800,000 times, nearly two-thirds could be traced back to just 12 individuals. On Facebook alone, 73% of the false vaccine claims originated from those 12 people.

Dubbed the "Disinformation Dozen," these 12 anti-vaxxers have an outsized influence on social media. According to the CCDH, anti-vaccine accounts have a reach of more than 59 million people. And most of them have been spreading disinformation with impunity.

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The global eradication of smallpox in 1980 is one of international public health's greatest successes. But in 1966, seven years after the World Health Organization announced a plan to rid the world of the disease, smallpox was still widespread. The culprits? A lack of funds, personnel and vaccine supply.

Meanwhile, outbreaks across South America, Africa, and Asia continued, as the highly contagious virus continued to kill three out of every 10 people who caught it, while leaving many survivors disfigured. It took a renewed commitment of resources from wealthy nations to fulfill the promise made in 1959.

Forty-one years later, although we face a different virus, the potential for vast destruction is just as great, and the challenges of funding, personnel and supply are still with us, along with last-mile distribution. Today, while 30% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, with numbers rising every day, there is an overwhelming gap between wealthy countries and the rest of the world. It's becoming evident that the impact on the countries getting left behind will eventually boomerang back to affect us all.

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The international nonprofit CARE recently released a policy paper that lays out the case for U.S. investment in a worldwide vaccination campaign. Founded 75 years ago, CARE works in over 100 countries and reaches more than 90 million people around the world through multiple humanitarian aid programs. Of note is the organization's worldwide reputation for its unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people; they're known for working hand-in-hand with communities and hold themselves to a high standard of accountability.

"As we enter into our second year of living with COVID-19, it has become painfully clear that the safety of any person depends on the global community's ability to protect every person," says Michelle Nunn, CARE USA's president and CEO. "While wealthy nations have begun inoculating their populations, new devastatingly lethal variants of the virus continue to emerge in countries like India, South Africa and Brazil. If vaccinations don't effectively reach lower-income countries now, the long-term impact of COVID-19 will be catastrophic."

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