For decades, clover was grown in lawns alongside grass to boost health and resilience. It wasn’t until the 1950’s when weed-killing herbicides were marketed to homeowners that clover suddenly became an enemy. As we discover the risks of overusing chemicals, we are making our way back to working with nature rather than against it. Cue the clover comeback!
STEP #1 Get some clover seed. Micro and mini white clover varieties are a favorite for lawns. Clover seeds are very small. Only about 1-2 oz are needed to sow 1,000 SQ Ft. of lawn. You can find them at your local gardening store or you can add our Lucky Lawn Clover Seed blend to your smart lawn plan.
STEP #3 Mix your clover seed. Clover seed should be 5-10% of the total mixture by weight. Mix with grass seed, sand, compost or other pelletized soil amendment.
STEP #4 Plant seeds. Use a seed spreader to spread the seeds across your lawn according to the advised lbs/per square feet based on the seed type or blend you’re using.
STEP #5 Maybe water. Watering is vital to initiate seed germination. Make sure your lawn doesn’t dry out but don’t over-water either. It all depends on your climate.
White clover (Trifolium repens) is the favorite type of clover for lawns. White clover is naturally the lowest growing species of clover, it is very tolerant to being cut low, and is very resilient. There are new varieties of white clover that have been bred to have an even lower profile in your lawn, they go under the brand names micro clover and mini clover.
Clover is super hardy. Starting with a low ratio is just right for a long term even mix of grass and clover. Sunday’s clover seed is pre-mixed.
Clover will reduce your lawns nitrogen needs, but it will not eliminate the need to feed your grass. Feeding your lawn at the right time and with the right nutrients will help keep the grass and clover in a good balance. This is especially important for the early spring feed to give the grass a boost to match clover’s early season growth.
Bees and other pollinating birds, bats and insects help humans by pollinating many of the plants we rely on for food. About one-third of the food we eat is made possible by these amazing creatures (think tomatoes, cucumbers, applies, blueberries). Your yard is home to many local pollinators and planting clover is an easy way to help provide a great food source for them. Plus, it’s a great step in transitioning your lawn from a monoculture to a more biodiverse ecosystem.
Biodiversity is nature’s way and will make your lawn more attractive to bees and other beneficial insects.