White Dutch Clover Seeds,Lawn alternative
White Dutch Clover Seeds
Improve your garden soil with fall cover crops!
At the end of the growing season you may be ready to rest, but your garden is not. One final effort can make a big difference: cover cropping. Even small gardens will benefit from the use of cover crops, or "green manures". Tilling, weeding, harvesting and foot traffic of most home gardens tends to destroy soil structure. Planting cover crops is an easy way torevitalize the soil, and help soil tilth and subsequent plant growth. Cover crops are planted in vacant space and worked into the soil after they grow instead of being eaten. They provide a number of advantages to the otherwise wasteful use of space during your garden's off-season.
A perennial clover to control erosion and protect soil!
A living mulch of permanent cover. Spreads by stolons. Grow low so takes close mowing and grazing. Benefits bees and insects. Fixes nitrogen.
White Clover (Trifolium repens L.)
- Cool season, broadleaf
- Legume (N-fixation)
- Upright plant growth
- Common names: Ladino, Dutch White, New Zealand
- Crude protein: 24-30%
- Bees & Beneficial Insects
- Chicken Forage
- Deer Attractant
- Erosion Control
- Green Manure
- Nitrogen Fixation
- No Till
- Weed Suppression.
The most important investment in a fertility program is a soil test, which will indicate soil needs with regard to pH, phosphorus, and potassium. White dutch clover yields better and stands last longer when grown on soils with a medium level of phosphorus and potassium. A pH of 6.0 - 6.5 is usually recommended for excellent yields and stand persistence. In some states, minor elements may also be recommended.
Fertilization with nitrogen is not recommended when seeding white clover seeds into grass. Nitrogen will stimulate the grass, thus providing more competition for the white clover seedlings during establishment. This becomes even more of a problem when seeding white clover into established grass pastures. Increased grass competition from added nitrogen can result in death of white clover seedlings. In most states, application of nitrogen to established clover/grass mixtures is not recommended if white clover occupies 20% or more of the ground cover.
Seeding rates vary with geographic location, seeding method, and seeding mixture. In general, rates 1/4 - 1/2 lb per 1000 square feet or 8 to 10 lbs per acre are recommended.
The ideal seeding depth for clover seeds is approximately 1/4-inch maximum, but under favorable weather and soil conditions, clover seed present on the soil surface may germinate and become established. Good seed-soil contact is important to ensure rapid germination and emergence.
In the Southern USA, white clover is seeded in late winter or early spring and in late summer. In the Northern USA, most white dutch clover is seeded in early spring or late summer.
White dutch clover can be seeded by many no-till or minimum till techniques and by broadcast seeding. In conventional seedbeds, white clover is almost always seeded with a perennial grass for lawns or hard or sheeps fescue for erosion control. Just scatter the seeds, rake lightly, and keep the clover seeds moist until it sprouts! After sprouting occurs, cut back watering as root development starts taking place and less water is needed. Withstands mild drought, grows well all over the U.S., even on barren soil where nothing else wants to grow. Winter hardy and it stays so low you can just till it under in spring if you are using it for a cover crop.
The best weed control is provided by a vigorous white clover-grass stand. If necessary, white clover-grass stands can be mowed to remove grass leaves and seedheads and to suppress broadleaf weeds and woody vegetation.
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