How to Plant Clovers

Clover is often used as ground cover. image by Cliff1066: Flickr.com

Overview

If you're tired of using grass as a ground cover for your yard, clover makes a viable alternative. Clover is easy to grow with a little preparation and will come back for a couple of years without any extra effort. Clovers are considered a legume. They also have many nutritional and healing benefits as a tea or an addition to salads.

Step 1

Put your clover seed in a bucket and add the Riozobium trifoli inoculate over the top. This will provide the necessary nutrients to grow your clovers.

Step 2

Mix four parts water to one part sugar. Add just enough of the mixture to the bucket to dampen the seeds. Mix everything thoroughly so that the inoculate sticks to the seeds.

Step 3

Wait at least an hour for the seeds to absorb the inoculate. Meanwhile, rake the area where the seeds will be applied until it is flat.

Step 4

Add a fertilizer rich in lime, potassium and phosphorus to the soil.

Step 5

Spread your seed evenly over the soil. Cover the seed with 1/4 inch of soil.

Step 6

Water the area immediately. Repeat watering once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Clover seed
  • Riozobium trifoli inoculate
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Fertilizer
  • Soil

References

  • Red Clover Growing
Keywords: clover, ground cover, edible flower

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

Photo by: Cliff1066: Flickr.com