The Best Way to Seed Clover in a Pasture


Clover is well-suited for use as ground cover in a pasture. It nourishes grazing animals, and can tolerate a variety of soil conditions and considerable drought. And as an added bonus, it is quite attractive when its small white flowers bloom in spring and summer. If well taken care of, clover will quickly fill in any thin spots in grass cover and may even take over the pasture if growing conditions are optimal.

Step 1

Break up the surface of the soil in your pasture by going over it once with a power rake.

Step 2

Mix the clover seed with sand. Clover seed is tiny and difficult to broadcast evenly. By mixing it with sand and broadcasting the two together, you can achieve more even coverage of the clover seed. An ideal mixture is 1 part seed volume to 30 parts sand volume.

Step 3

Use a seed broadcaster to broadcast the seed/sand mixture. Broadcast between 2 and 8 ounces of seed (calculated without the sand) per 1,000 square feet of pasture. The more clover seed you spread, the more dominant the clover will be in the pasture.

Step 4

Water the soil daily for about 10 days or until the clover seed establishes itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Power rake
  • Seed broadcaster
  • Sand


  • University of Minnesota: Clover
  • Versicolor: Establishing White Clover in Lawns
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