Red Clover Summer Planting


Red clover (Trifolium pratense) attracts bees and butterflies and feeds wild critters from rabbits to foxes. Plant red clover in your yard to add diversity to your lawn, or as part of a wildflower or butterfly garden. This plant also makes a good cover crop. When planted in a garden bed for a season, it enriches the soil with nitrogen. Clover establishes readily from seed in the spring and summer months.

Step 1

Mow your lawn as short as possible if you are planting red clover on your yard. Skip this step if planting in a garden bed.

Step 2

Rake over the soil on your lawn or in your garden bed using a grass rake. Loosen the top 1/4 inch of soil. Gardeners do not need to cultivate garden beds deeply; the clover will establish itself in compacted soil.

Step 3

Scatter 2 to 8 oz. of red clover seed per 1000 square feet. If you're growing a bed of red clover for a cover crop or to attract bees, use the larger amount. To mix red clover into a wildflower bed or into your lawn use the smaller amount.

Step 4

Rake once more to cover the clover seeds with 1/4 inch of soil.

Step 5

Water until the ground or garden bed becomes moist but not wet. Continue to water daily to keep the area moist. Clover seed will germinate within two weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawnmower (optional)
  • Grass rake
  • Red clover seed
  • Water


  • University of Minnesota: Clover
  • Fairfax County Public Schools: Red Clover
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education: Red Clover
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