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Step-by-step Clover Lawn Guide:

Tl;Dr at bottom

  1. Choose the Right Time:
    • The best time to plant Clover is in early spring, during summer in periods of moderate temperature (to avoid the necessity for overwatering), or in the fall. Aim for periods of moderate temperature and consistent moisture as a basic rule of thumb. Some states like California can see germination earlier or later in the year, but we advise patience as the seed may take longer to germinate.

 

  1. Select the Right Area:
    • Determine where you want to establish the clover. It can thrive in full sun to partial shade but aim for at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day.
    • Existing sod or grass works fine! And areas that might normally be hard to grow on can work out well too. I personally use it on a hard-to-mow hillside, but can also be used to border steppingstones or garden features for example.

 

  1. Prepare the lawn:
    • Clover prefers well-draining soil. In most places where sod has existed, clover can exist too. Lawn Clover can even aid in the growth of the grass itself as it is a natural fertilizer. (and will stay greener than grass during water shortages).
    • Remove weeds if desired. Clover can take some time to begin to out-compete weeds, and if this is one of the intended uses of your clover we recommend a heavy overseed to begin with. Clover will seed itself once it is established but any added seed will aid in the competition for growth.
    • Mow any existing sod down to a height of 2-3 inches so the seed can quickly make its way to the ground.

 

  1. Purchase Clover Seed:
    • Use our calculator to determine the quantity needed for the desired result.
    • Look for high-quality seeds. My lucky Lawn vets every batch for quality and sources its seed from local Canadian farms for distribution across North America. We test the seeds from ALL our non-GMO farms for efficacy.
    • Be aware of major brands that use filler in the seed, often marketed as a “spreading agent” or “moisture retainer” etc. when sowing the seed, you want to watch the seed itself scatter, not the filler, as the fillers are rarely the same size and weight and can lead to uneven distribution.

 

  1. Seed Application:
    • We recommend using a seed or fertilizer spreader set to the slowest spreading rate, and make lots of passes to get even coverage.
    • If the seed is hard to track and the rate seems high, a dry sand mixture can be evenly mixed with the seed to aid in spreading.

 

  1. Watering:
    • Water the area thoroughly after sowing to settle the seeds and initiate germination. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged during the germination period, which typically takes 7-14 days.

 

  1. Final step! Establishing your clover height.
    • For the first few weeks, mow your lawn when you notice the clover grow above the desired length. This is key. Mow frequently at first to “dwarf” the plant. Once the clover stops growing tall, it will start to grow out, and thick.

 

After this step, you can begin to enjoy a lawn with much more heartiness, and much less maintenance.

Enjoy!

-J

Tl;Dr

  1. Dont plant in high heat, unless you love watering. dont plant in winter.
  2. Sow evenly, overseed if the goal is weed prevention.
  3. Purchase reputable clover, stay away from big brands that use “helpful” fillers.
  4. water lots for the first week or two.
  5. mow lawn lots at first to “dwarf” the plant at the desired height. train your clover, after that it becomes very low maintenance.
  6. enjoy!