How to Plant Lespedeza


Varieties of lespedeza are often used for wildlife habitat and forage food for deer, quail and other animals. Lespedeza also provides ground cover and soil improvements, but is considered a noxious weed in some areas due to its hardiness and ability to self-propagate. It is usually planted in large quantities and this method assumes such planting.

Step 1

Prepare the soil. Dig up weeds and grasses where you want to plant, and overturn the soil at least 6 inches down. Depending on the area you intend to plant, use a spade, cultivator or plow.

Step 2

Firm the soil. If you are planting large areas of lespedeza with a plow and tractor, use a light roller attachment to pack the newly turned soil a little more tightly. If you are planting a small area, tamping it down lightly with the back of a spade will do the trick.

Step 3

Spread the seeds. You can use a seed spreader or broadcast the seeds by hand. For large areas, a good guideline is to use 20 to 30 pounds of seed for an acre of land. In small patches, that means about one pound for every 1,400 square feet.

Step 4

Cover the seeds. Use a rake or cultivator very lightly over the seeded area. The seeds will do best planted from a quarter-inch to a half-inch deep.

Step 5

Water if needed. If it doesn't rain within three or four days, water the area lightly to encourage germination.

Tips and Warnings

  • In some areas, some varieties of lespedeza are considered invasive, noxious weeds. Check with your local agricultural extension office before planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade or plow
  • Tractor with roller attachment, if needed
  • Cultivator or rake
  • Seed spreader
  • Lespedeza seeds
  • Water


  • USDA Plant Profile
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