Crimson Clover is a cover crop that works great as a ground cover for weed suppression and erosion control. Because clover is a legume, it fixes nitrogen from the atmosphere and adds it to soils, improving soil nutrient quality. Crimson clover can fix up to 200 lbs of nitrogen per acre. This makes it a perfect cover crop to rotate before corn or other heavy-feeding vegetable crops. It also works nicely as a green manure that can be incorporated into garden soils in early spring, which will increase organic matter and make soils more workable.
Crimson Clover should be planted in fall a month or two before the average frost date. This will allow enough time for the clover to grow and establish ground cover before cold temperatures arrive. Clover will remain mostly dormant throughout the winter and resume growth early in the following year. In a vegetable garden situation, clover should be cut before going to seed. This will prevent any weed issues in following years.
To remove clover in spring, it can be mowed or grazed. We suggest using chickens, goats or other livestock to graze the clover while adding additional nutrients to your garden soil. If mowed, clover can be tilled into the soil immediately to add organic matter or “green manure”. It can also be mowed and left on top of the soil to suppress weeds until planting time.
This clover seed has been treated with Apex seed coating which makes for easier planting. The seed coating creates a round seed that does not require inoculation. As a result, coated clover seed may be planted with our Hoss Garden Seeder or broadcast with a walk-behind or hand spreader. It is also treated with Apron XL, which is a fungicide to prevent damping-off and poor germination during cool and wet conditions.
Crimson Clover Planting Information:
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seeding Rate: 1 lb per 1,000 sq. ft.
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