Plant clover in the spring or early summer, when the ground has become soft and moist from the spring rains. You may also plant in September or early October in most locations. Clover seed is very small, so you may want to mix it with lime or fertilizer to give you more substance to work with.
Annual or Perennial Once established, perennial clover comes back reliably, making it more suitable as a ground cover than annual species that usually need reseeding each year. Some perennial clovers will die back in hot or cold weather, but new growth will emerge from the roots the following growing season.
Yes, you can still plant our clover in the Fall, Spring, and July. Our plant clover blend is versatile and will thrive in a wide range of conditions.
A day or two before planting your lawn, remove any newly sprouted weeds and rake to a smooth, even texture. Mix your clover seed with sand, sawdust, or fine soil to make spreading easier. Use a broadcast spreader (if you can find one that accommodates clover ) for large areas to ensure even distribution.
Clover is a broadleaf, compound weed. It is a perennial, which means it dies back during the winter but will return in the spring. With white blossoms and thee-part leaves, some may consider it attractive, and it used to be included in lawn seed mixes.
After planting, use a misting attachment to water daily until you can see the seedlings. Existing clover patches can be encouraged by mowing with the blades set at 1.5-2 inches, which favors clover over most traditional turf grasses. In the middle of summer, stop mowing to encourage clover from flowering and seeding.
Contrary to popular belief, Clover won’t take over your lawn, it will help your lawn. Notice how the the Microclover sections of this lawn are thick and green, while the grass only sections are brown from the Summer heat. Clover can keep your lawn looking great when other grass types gets stressed.
Clover is a perennial plant, meaning it can last up to five years (or more) with proper care. With just a little work, a healthy stand of clover can serve as a year-round food source for years to come.
Crimson clover, as a winter annual, is usually planted in the late summer to early fall. It can be utilized in pasture, hay, organic farming, pollinator enhancement, silage mixes, or used as a winter cover for soil protection or green manure crop for soil improvement.
Fertilize Your Clover Most often the best fertilizer for clover will recommend around 300 lbs of 0-20-20 per acre annually. Many choose to fertilize at planting time and then during the spring annually thereafter.
To establish a mixture, you can plant the seeds at the same time or drill the clover seed into an existing grass stand. Clovers are commonly planted with Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass, bahia grass, orchard grass, Timothy, wheat and oats.
They do no harm to your garden. Their root is quite shallow, you can pull them out easily. Pull them out if they grow near your plants. The photo on the left looks like clover.