What type of clover should I mix with my grass seed?

jenloves2gardenJuly 12, 2014

Hello everyone! I will be starting a big project soon that consists of rehabing and old yard!! I can't afford sod, so grass seed it is! I'm narrowing down the types of grass seed I want to use but I also want to mix in some clover to help with 'lushness' and also drought tolerance! I'm just not sure which type to use. I live in zone 5 and it is pretty dry here not to mention that watering is expensive!! I have noticed that lawns with clover mixed in seem to do very well here and want to go that route. However, I can't find the name of the clover I'm interested in using. It is dark green with tiny purple flowers! Any ideas??

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White Dutch clover is the one that's generally recommended for lawns--it is, of course, white-flowered. :-)

The only purple I can find on a search is purple prairie clover, which doesn't look right. It gets three feet tall, as opposed to Dutch clover's couple of inches.

On the up side, if you like their clover, take the seed heads off of it when the flowers fade and scatter them on your lawn. You'll get purple clover. Seed heads are continuously produced on clover plants and may be gathered from mid-season onward.

You'll only need about one ounce of seed per thousand square feet to fully establish the clover. Less will get it started and the stuff isn't real shy about seeding out all by itself!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 2:58PM
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Thanks for the follow up. I searched also and couldn't find the clover I've seen with the purple flowers. I guess I'll just go with the White Dutch. I think with the type of project I have ahead of me, mixing clover seed in with the grass seed will certainly help with coverage and nutrients (nitrogen). But do you think the clover will grow quicker than the grass seed and choke it out? I plan on using very little clover seed, as you suggested. What about watering to get the clover seed going, about the same as grass seed?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 2:11PM
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Clover's easy. A week of damp and off it goes like gangbusters. Your grass seed will take longer, but the clover won't mind. It's really very forgiving.

Fortunately, clover is also not invasive. It won't choke out your grass. The opposite is true...rich, well-fed grasses choke out clover! Even when young, the grass doesn't mind having clover friends.

Really, clover seeding with grass seeding doesn't present any special challenges. Target everything for the grass seed and the clover will be perfectly happy.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:14PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Here is a link to some strawberry clover images. Is that what you are thinking of?

Most clovers are forage and grow very tall. Dutch white and strawberry are two low growing varieties.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 12:18PM
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Not sure if you've already found what your looking for, but if not, take a look at DLF's micro-clover. Specifically selected for mixing with turfgrass. Few flowers ( so fewer bees ) and less aggressive so it tends to mix more uniformly than something like white clover. Another consideration is to check out Hobbs and Hopkins ( Protime ). They've got the very best in mixes for so-called Eco-Lawns. Good luck, PG78

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 11:33PM
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