Clover (Trifolium repens) is often considered a suitable ground cover, an excellent forage crop, quickly fills in empty spaces in a lawn, controls soil erosion, and mows well with returning vigor. It grows in poorly draining soil and easily fixes its own nitrogen into the soil to add much-needed nutrients which can aid the surrounding lawn in staying green. Clover produces small flower balls in white or pink. Mowing the flowers down when they appear helps maintain the overall appearance of the lawn. Plant clover seeds in spring or fall for best results. Clover enjoys a soil pH of 6 to 7. It will grow in partial shade but prefers full sunlight.
Rake the soil in and around established grass prior to planting the clover seed. Raking loosens the soil surface around the grass and in bare areas so the clover seed can easily take root and establish.
Mix the clover seed with 25 percent sawdust or Milorganite organic fertilizer prior to broadcasting. The added substance will help evenly distribute the seeds since clover seeds are extremely small and difficult to spread without an added bulk substance.
Broadcast the clover seeds and added substance using either a handheld or push seed broadcaster. Spread at a ratio of 2 to 8 oz. per 1,000 square feet depending on the amount of clover coverage desired. If seeding one acre use 4 lbs. of clover seeds for thick coverage.
Water the newly planted clover seeds regularly to keep moist. Do not allow the seeds to dry out until germination is firmly established.