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Parks, Recreation, & Culture » healthy landscapes, healthy living » Lawn Alternative - Clover

Starting a Clover Lawn

There are pure clover lawns and mixed grass-clover lawns. For play areas and other higher traffic locations mixed lawns are best. For low to moderate traffic areas, clover only may do fine. Pure clover lawns may take more effort to establish. Clover and grass are complementary and support one another.

Springtime is best for seeding; however, it can also be seeded in fall. There are two starting points - bare ground and existing lawn.

To mix clover in with an existing lawn

  1. Grass should be cut short and bagged
  2. Rake up extra debris and clippings.
  3. Seeding recommendations are 60 - 245 grams per 100 m2. For clover to be dominant use 245 g per 100 m2 (8 oz per 1,000 ft2). 454 grams of seed contain about 800,000 seeds.
  4. Since the seed is so small and difficult to sow evenly, it is suggested that it be mixed with soil, sawdust, or graded sand (grain size approx. 1 mm) for distribution in a broadcast spreader. Do NOT cover seed with a layer more than 0.6cm (¼") deep.
  5. If there is no clover present in the lawn or nearby - you may need to add a bacterial inoculant to promote the best growth. It can be mixed with the seed.
  6. Water daily for about 10 days. At temperatures above 15 degrees C, most seed will germinate in less than a week.
  7. Until established mow regularly at 3.75 - 5 cm (1.5 - 2").

For bare soil

  1. Rake the ground relatively flat.
  2. Use about 230 g per 100 m2 (8 oz per 1,000 ft2) if sowing only clover. 1 lb of seed contains about 800,000 seeds. If seeding a mix of grass and clover, use about 1 part clover to 15 parts of appropriate grass seed. Usually it is best to sow clover seed separately as it settles out and results in patchy areas.
  3. Since the seed is so small and difficult to sow evenly, it is suggested that it be mixed with soil, sawdust, or graded sand (grain size approx. 1 mm) for distribution in a broadcast spreader. Do NOT cover seed with a layer more than 0.6cm (¼") deep.
  4. If there is no clover in the vicinity, you may need to add a bacterial inoculant to promote the best growth. It can be mixed with the seed.
  5. Water daily for about 10 days. At temperatures above 15 degrees C, most seed will germinate in less than a week.

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Karla Hoffman, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
955 Concordia Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 6V3
ph (250) 828-3888
email khoffman@kamloops.ca

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