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Growing Clover OR.

Growing Clover OR.

Growing Clover

With a number of species available, there is a clover for almost any planting situation. Some species thrive in full sun while others grow under shady conditions. One clover may prefer dry soils while others perform well in water-logged sites. Clover’s reputation has waxed and waned over the last century: clover was considered a sign of a well-managed lawn, but once broadleaft herbicides hit the market, clover came to be considered a weed. Today, gardeners are growing wise to the plant’s many benefits! Plant clover in your yard, meadow, or garden, and it will work hard to improve soil health, stabilize your soil, attract pollinators and beneficial insects, and promote a healthy lawn and garden. Not to mention, cover is edible as well! Where will you plant clover in your landscape?

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In addition to pollinators, other beneficial insects are attracted to clover. Helpful garden predators such as ladybugs, minute pirate bugs, lacewings, and parasitoid wasps (specialized non-stinging predators), will feed on the nectar and pollen of clover. These bugs are beneficial because they feed on aphids, whiteflies, scales, cabbage worms, and other garden pests that can be harmful to your plants. When we plant clover and other flowers to attract these natural predators, we take a big step toward managing pest problems in the garden -- without the use of chemical herbicides, which are harmful to people, plants, and animals!Our Pollinator Cover Crop Seed Mix features a varied mix of easy-to-grow legumes, including Clover, Alfalfa, Vetch, and Sainfoin. Small white, pink, purple, and gold flowers attract and nourish pollinators. Hardworking legumes suppress weeds, fix nutrients into the soil, improve soil condition, and prevent erosion. This is an excellent choice for groundcover and covercrops, as well as lawn replacement, or adding to a wildflower meadow.

All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.Clover does not like acid soil. This inhibits growth. A pH of 5.2 to 5.5 is optimal for sandy soil, a pH of 6 to 6.5 is ideal for clay soil. If you take a soil sample, you will know precisely how much lime the plot needs. Also pay attention to the soil nitrogen supplying capacity. A value below 150 is ideal for clover! Clover establishes best in a nitrogen-poor soil. For this reason, you can decide to stop fertilising the plot temporarily around the time of sowing graClover establishes best between 15 March and 15 September. Sowing in early spring is not preferable. It's best to sow clover after an early arable crop, such as cereals or seed potatoes. This gives the crop time to develop well before winter and it will be less vulnerable to weed pressure. Clover needs water during germination, much more than grass, so it is important to sow clover when you know that rain is due. Time the moment of sowing to coincide with the right expected weather conditions.(Source:www.barenbrug.biz)

 

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