How to Sow Clover Seeds


Sow clover seeds to develop a lawn that is weed resistant, drought tolerant and presents an unbroken expanse of deep, rich green clover. Clover grows vigorously, provides a good ground cover and prevents soil erosion. The seeding process requires a weekend, little expense and only a reasonable amount of effort. Preparing the lawn requires the most time and effort but the result is certainly worth it. The clover can be mowed short, even when the clover flowers.

Step 1

Power-rake or rake the lawn by hand vigorously to break up the topsoil and remove all organic buildup, rocks and debris so the clover seeds can have easy access to the soil. Level the yard by removing any ground rises by raking them down and filling in any depressions with finely screened sand.

Step 2

Mix 8 oz. of clover seed for every 1,000 square feet of lawn with sand or a low-analysis organic fertilizer, available at the garden center. Apply the mixture to the lawn with a fertilizer/seed spreader.

Step 3

Spread 1/4 inch of soil over the seeded lawn and cordon off the lawn off so it is not walked on or tamped down, which can inhibit or stop its growth.

Step 4

Moisten the top 1 inch of soil with a fine spray from a sprinkler or garden hose. Avoid using a forceful stream that can wash away seeds. Repeat watering as often as necessary to keep the lawn moist for about two weeks or until the seeds germinate, then reduce watering to a depth of 2 inches, once per week.

Step 5

Mow the lawn close, up to 2 inches high, which will stunt the grass and not affect the clover and allow the clover to spread more easily.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be cautious of bees that are attracted by the clover.

Things You'll Need

  • Power-rake or rake
  • Sand
  • Seed spreader
  • Seed
  • Water sprinkler
  • Lawn mower


  • University of Minnesota: How to Grow It, How to Eliminate It
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