How to Grow Clover Seeds


Clover is an extremely easy grass substitute to grow and once it becomes established it can crowd out grasses and completely dominate a lawn. Many gardeners love clover-- but there are others who feel it is a weed, so consider your choice to plant your lawn in clover carefully. One drawback to a clover lawn is the blooms which attract bees. If children will be playing on a clover lawn bees can be a problem.

Step 1

Rake the area to be planted with clover seeds with a thatch rake or a hard steel rake that will scratch the surface of the soil and provide a good place for the clover seeds to get started.

Step 2

Water the ground thoroughly.

Step 3

Use a seed spreader to spread approximately 8 ounces of clover seeds per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Clover seeds are so tiny it is difficult to spread them evenly so it may help to thoroughly mix the seeds with milorganite fertilizer before spreading, according to University of Minnesota Extension. Not only will the fertilizer help the seeds to sprout, the fertilizer will help to even out the seeds as your spread them.

Step 4

Water the area again very well. Apply at least 1 inch of water for the first watering and then keep the soil moist but not soggy for the next 21 days. If temperatures are particularly high or if there is a lot of wind you may have to water more than once per day to keep the ground moist. Expect your clover to sprout within 7 to 10 days of seeding .

Step 5

Do not walk on your clover lawn for 21 days after sprouting. Do not mow for 28 days after sprouting. Set your mower to 3 inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Thatch rake
  • Clover seed
  • Seed spreader
  • Milorganite (fertilizer)


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Clover, How to Grow It
  • Do-It-Yourself: How to Grow Clover From Seeds
  • University of Kentucky Extension: How to Grow White Clover in Kentucky
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