I'm trying to establish a white clover yard.
By - FlashyAdvantage3
Oh, I am so interested in hearing how this turns out for you. Our dogs completely destroyed our grass again and I have been considering clover. Keep us posted, please!
I will for sure! It's all new to me and I don't have the most time to water and tend to it, so I'm only going to do one small section at a time.
I've been reading some amazing things about it, hopefully it's all true. Fingers crossed!
What kind of grass do you have. Kentucky is sensitive to dog urine. Tall fescue it alot more durable.
Um, I have no idea, lol! But this is a great tip. We just threw down more grass seed. I will have to check! Thanks so much.
Lots of instructions and tips here.
I over seeded my lawn last spring. The clover was the first thing to green up in my lawn. I seemed to have choked out a lot of the other weeds last year. It is also starting to grow and fill in the area of hard packed winter kill along the edge of the driveway. Overall I’m happy with the results so far.
How did you do it? Did you cut your lawn super short and mix the clover seed with topsoil?
I don’t think we had added any top soil. I just spread it by hand(very unevenly) and watered the lawn. I really didn’t put a lot of effort into it. The clover started coming in a striped pattern, but had evened out quite a bit by fall.
I will try to get a picture tomorrow when it’s light out
Would love to see this too, bud
The rabbits have been eating the clover instead of the flowers. Another benefit to planting clover!
Oh that's cool, I may have to do this. Although my neighbor will then turn my yard into a rabbit sanctuary. She's already turning the back into some kind of skunk rescue
Here's how I've ways done overseeing:
1. Dethatch your lawn (gotta have access to that top soil)
2. Spread seed
3. Rake in a thin layer of topsoil (like 1/4-1/2") - this is called dressing your lawn
4. Spread more seed
5. Gently rake that seed in
6. Water the shit out of it for a couple weeks
This is how we did it years ago when I did landscaping
>Water the shit out of it for a couple weeks
Generally not recommended from the landscapers I work with. Keeping it wet is the goal, not soaked and definitely not flooded. Once established, then you convert to infrequent deep watering to help with root growth.
As you mentioned I didn't mean flood your lawn, I meant like a good watering in the morning and one in the evening to keep it moist so germination can happen
I want to do this as well, but I'm concerned about the clover spreading into my neighbors yard - anyone have any experience with this happening or not happening to them?
Curious as well. I just threw a bunch of clover seeds down, but I'm hoping they don't spread because my yard is an outlier of shittiness on my street. I'm hoping the clover greens it up though.
Clover is very easy to kill if it spreads too far, any weed killer that will target broadleaf weeds and not harm grass will take it out.
I am planning on doing something like this and was wondering if I'd be pissing my neighbors off.
I think I've decided to put a row of bricks along my fence line on either side of the neighbor's lawns. It shouldn't climb over.
I would just ask your neighbors... I go the ok from one but am waiting to talk to the other. If they both say no problem, problem solved. Alternatively you could put one of the plastic garden edge dividers on the property line to stop the roots from going to their side
Sounds like your neighbours problem.
I am also very interested in this. Any recommendations on where to buy the clover seed??
I bought mine from t and t seeds. I seeded today. Hopefully this rain helps me out
TT seeds, Ron Paul sells bulk, or you can do what I will likely do which is contact Brett Young or Pickseed and have a blend put together
I put clover down with one of those $20 hand spreaders from canadian tire on dirt patches of a super dry part of my lawn where grass wouldnt grow. Just watered it until it took and now it doesnt seem to need any water. Apparantly its very good for this and drought resistant.
More interesting than grass since it flowers. My buddy keeps bees and says they love it too
Bees love clover as do dogs for the taste.
This is so cool this topic might as well have been started by me. I'm in 100% exact situation OP.
I did this last year with a couple of spots on my lawn and then spread the seed throughout. Seems to be growing back this year. Might go buy some more. I literally just got a couple of bags, chucked the seed over my lawn by hand and watered.
Just seeded my clover on Sunday. Been watering daily most mornings and evenings. Started to see little green clover today. The seed bag says to water for 10 days. But I may keep it up a bit longer till it looks very well established.
I am marking this post - I would love a clover yard. South facing is so hard to keep up with grass and be so green.
Neighbours hate me as I won't treat for dandelions either - haha!
Awesome, I'm also trying this.
I'm actually doing this right now, in my back yard. Old fur face is HARD on grass.
I read a fair bit about it, some said add some topsoil and maybe a bit of compost, then seed into that. Some said just hand broadcast it. All said to water it regularly for the first few days.
I opted to just broadcast and water, and got a good catch mostly. In the few areas I didn't I just went back and top dressed and reseeded. I'm probably going to progressively do that as the season wears on, and then broadcast another time in the fall, fairly heavily, right before the snow.
I don't know so much about lawns, but farmers just broadcast this stuff on fields and it grows if there's any moisture at all... even a heavy dew can be enough apparently. It's a very rugged plant, which is probably why it's so widely used for erosion control.
One caveat though... you'll want to reseed every so often. The natural lifespan of a stand it three to five years.
I did this for part of my yard last year due to the dog as well.
Looking back..... wouldn't recommend it. It came in fine, held up to the dog pretty well but when winter came and everything went dormant, very little of the clover came back this year and I'm yet again left with a mud patch that's even worse than what it was when I had grass there. I've read that's not uncommon but I figured I could bring it back to life if it happened to me. Nope. It's dead.