A clover lawn is an alternative to green grassy lawns. It requires less maintenance and it is cheaper to develop from scratch. A clover lawn helps you eliminate the crabgrass, dandelions, and other weeds from the green bed around your home. Clover chokes out the weeds, thrives in dry conditions, and adds nitrogen nutrients back into the soil. Here’s what you need to do to plant and grow a successful clover garden.
Step 1 - Purchase and Prepare
Clover can usually be purchased in seed packets. It will cost about $100 for an average size lawn. Dutch clover is a very low-cost and low-maintenance clover species that is fantastic for lawns and works wonderfully in shady and areas that suffer from poor drainage.
After the ground has thawed completely, rake the lawn as flat as you can so that you can prepare for the planting of the seeds. Small bumps and hills are fine with this type of garden as well.
Step 2 - Mix Seeds with Soil
Using a garden soil or a triple mix, add four seeds for each square inch of soil. This provides adequate germination of the clover. After you have fully mixed your soil and seeds together, take a shovel and add the mix to a wheelbarrow. Do not be tempted to hand apply the clover seeds to your lawn. When you hand apply the seed, you create an uneven distribution of clover seeds over your lawn’s surface area.
Using your shovel and wheelbarrow, add small mounds of the mix all over your lawn. Rake the mixture until it evenly spreads over the lawns surface.
Step 3 - Add Topsoil and Water
Add about ¼ to ½ inch of topsoil over your germinating seed mixture. Spread the topsoil evenly over your lawn’s surface area.
Using a light mist or spray, water your clover lawn. Do not over water it. Water the lawn consistently every couple of days until the germination begins. Do not walk on your lawn for at least two weeks. Tiny sprouts will begin to appear. During this phase, make sure you water your lawn thoroughly. Once the clover has sprouted fully, continue to water the lawn once a week.
Step 4 - Re-Seed and Maintain
Although clover is a perennial, it generally only reproduces for a period of two or three years. You must constantly reseed your lawn every couple of years to produce a thick and luscious looking clover grass.
Clover does not like insecticides. Make sure you keep your clover lawn far away from any harmful chemicals. Do not use fertilizer. Fertilizer will kill your clover lawn. Keep your clover cut short. Clover is a natural attractant to bees. To prevent lots of bees, maintain the clover at a short height.