How to Plant Clover Seed


At one time, decades ago, it was considered prestigious to have a clover lawn, according to master gardeners at the University of Minnesota. Aside from providing a cushioned surface, clover enriches the soil by absorbing nitrogen from the air. Generally weed-resistant and drought-tolerant, clover blooms with tiny flowers that will attract honeybees. Plant your clover seeds in either spring or summer. You need 8 ounces of clover seed for every 1,000 square feet.

Step 1

Pour some soil into a wheelbarrow and mix in your clover seeds. Your garden soil is fine for clover.

Step 2

Rake the garden area well, removing any rocks, old roots and other debris. Level the area to remove any lumps or valleys.

Step 3

Spread the seed/soil mixture evenly across the planting area.

Step 4

Cover the soil/seed mixture with 1/4 inch of soil. Try not to walk on it or otherwise pack it down.

Step 5

Water the area with the fine mist setting on your hose or sprinkler, just enough to moisten the top 1/2 inch of soil. Keep the area moist until the seeds germinate, which should occur within two weeks. Once the clover is established, cut down watering to once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Seed spreader


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Clover, How to Grow It/How to Eliminate It
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