White Dutch Clover

Using White Dutch Clover for Starter Lawns

White Dutch clover is a great ingredient to include if you are just starting a lawn for the first time or if you are having difficulty establishing a foundation for a lawn.  Many landscapers know that this is often the best way to get lawn growth for the first time and so will use it to set up a lush lawn at the time of sale.  Real estate insiders also know that when you are trying to refurbish a home for resale, one of the things that helps set up that all-important first impression is the quality of the lawn.

Why White Dutch clover?

White Dutch Clover is a helpful ingredient because it grows so robustly and because it helps to improve the soil for future grass growth.  Even on clay like soil that seems like it will need an extra layer of foundation especially brought in, clover can sometimes overcome the problems inherent in these soils.  In addition, however, White Dutch Clover works as a soil improver as well, capturing nitrogen from the air and fixing it into the turf to aid in future grass growth.

How to Use White Dutch clover

So how do you go about using this great ingredient?  The first step is to determine how much you need.  The basic formula usually calls for using a pound of white Dutch for a third of an acre that you plan on seeding.  You should mix the clover seeds in with the fertilizer and try to get an even spread when you plant.

Although White Dutch Clover seeds are extremely hearty, you will need to take some precautions in order to make sure that you give the seeds the best chance to grow.  You should make sure that the area where you plan to have your lawn drains properly but is not too dry.  Hard, desiccated ground will not hold even a seed as hearty as that of Dutch clover.  If there is not very much soil, you will need to add at least a thin layer of fertilizer over the top of the soil, otherwise your chances of growing your lawn will be extremely limited.  The good news when it comes to this kind of seed however is that this layer of soil does not need to be very deep since White Dutch Clover’s root system tend to be superficial.

Another key when it comes to establishing Dutch clover is pH levels.  This kind of clover requires a potassium level of at least six.  If you already have a grass lawn and you are just trying to add clover to it, you want to be sure not to add nitrogen.  Nitrogen does not stimulate clover shoots but it does stimulate grass, which will make the grass overcome the clover seeds, and you will get little or insubstantial growth of you Dutch clover.

The best time to begin seeding is when the wintry weather is just starting to break in your area.  Just when you begin to feel the first signs of spring coming on is the best time to get out to your yard space to spread those seeds out.  When you do spread them out, be sure to have a thin layer of fertilizer.  You want the seed to be superficially on the fertilizer’s surface so that it has the best chance to break the surface.  Seeds that are planted too deeply may simply not have the ability to break through.  Seed left on the surface may be overexposed to the weather and to birds that see them as treats.

Once planted just wait a few weeks until you will begin to get a full foundation on which to develop your lawn.  Good luck seeding!