I am deeply aware of "what the neighbors must think of us", so when I noticed the weeds creeping out from under our fence onto the sidewalk, I had to fix that area.
My fix was to pull the weeds and sprinkle clover seed into the area. Simply pulling the weeds would not have been good enough. More would grow.
As Lee Reich says, "Nature abhors a vacuum, and so should you". Nature will populate any bare area with plants, and they will most likely be weeds. I decided to choose what she populated this area with by seeding clover.
Ok, so I have accepted that Nature covers bare spots with plants, but I never thought about why until I started noticing that as I pulled out the weeds, insects and worms went skittering. These plants were their home. Nature covers herself with plants to make homes for her little bugs.
Back to clover. Here are the benefits:
Here are a few tips on doing it.
You'll need to water the area a little bit every day, just to keep the soil surface moist.
And there you have it! Have fun making stupid areas into nice beds of clover!