How to Plant a Clover Lawn

Overview

Clover can be a valuable addition to your home lawn. With its ability to fix nitrogen from the air into the soil, it will save you money on lawn fertilizing. Clover also grows a deep root system which makes it very drought resistant and enables it to choke out nearby weeds. Clover was actually part of lawn seed mixes in the past; only recently has a perfect lawn become the norm. Clover is easy to seed into an existing lawn, and it will cohabitate with your grass very well.

Step 1

Mow your existing lawn short in the spring using the lowest setting on your lawn mower.

Step 2

Rake the lawn heavily with a steel rake to loosen the top layer of soil and to remove dead grass.

Step 3

Spread clover seed at a rate of 2 to 8 oz. per 1000 square feet. If seeded at 8 oz. per 1000 square feet, clover will become the dominant lawn plant. Mix clover seed with sawdust or organic fertilizer to make spreading the seed easier. Use a broadcast spreader to ensure equal distribution.

Step 4

Water the lawn daily for approximately the first 10 days after seeding. Clover germinates rapidly, sometimes in as little as two or three days. By keeping the soil moist, you will ensure good germination rates.

Step 5

Mow the grass at a height of 1 1/2 to 2 inches until the clover is established. The lower mowing height will allow enough light to reach the clover for fast establishment. Raise the mowing height back to 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches after desired establishment has taken place.

Step 6

Apply 1/2 lb. of nitrogen per 1000 square feet of the clover lawn in the fall just after the grass and clover stops growing. This will strengthen the root system and encourage early greening the following spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not apply any herbicides to the lawn if you desire to keep the clover. Herbicide will kill all weeds, including clover.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Steel rake
  • Clover seed
  • Sawdust or organic fertilizer
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Garden hose
  • Lawn fertilizer

References

  • Eartheasy: Lawn Alternatives
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Clover, How to Grow It/How to Eliminate It
  • Versicolor.ca: Establishing White Clover in Lawns
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.