How to grow a clover lawn

How to grow a clover lawn
How to grow a clover lawn
Growing a clover lawn will boost the health of your soil, is great for bees and pollinators and opens the door to a more sustainable approach to lawn care. While it offers a new approach, you can keep yours the same – growing a clover lawn is as easy as growing regular grass seed!

Benefits of growing a clover lawn 

Delivering a climate-smart solution, growing a clover lawn could be the answer for those looking to go the extra mile for the environment. Clover fights against nitrous oxide pollution, playing a significant role in fixing the nitrogen in the air and using it to feed itself and any companion grasses.  

Alongside supporting the environment, growing a clover lawn also helps bees and pollinators through the white clover flowers that shoot up when fully grown, offering up a habitat for them to enjoy. 

Why our clover is special 

Our clover is the world’s first super clover, combining the growth of the white and caucasian clover.  

Meaning our seedling starts by growing a tap root, forming deep inside the soil that breaks down, causing new stems to travel along the ground, spread out and create new plants along them. Unlike traditional white clover that would be left open to drought and cold conditions, the unique double rooting system enables roots to grow under the surface of these new plants, allowing them to grow in a broader range of climates and maintain growth when water is limited. 

Tips for growing a clover lawn 

To sow clover, simply use your hand to scatter the seeds across your lawn. When planting a new clover lawn, we recommend sowing at a rate of 50g per m2 and for overseeding, sowing at a rate of 35g per m2. 

You can get to sowing your clover lawn quicker than regular grass seed because clover can handle colder temperatures, germinating when temperatures consistently reach 8ºC. If you plan to sow clover and grass seed together, remember to wait until temperatures reach 10ºC so the grass can establish. 

Sowing a new clover lawn 

  • Dig the soil over to a depth of 20-25cm 
  • Remove weeds by hand or use a weed killer 
  • Add topsoil if you believe the soil to be poor quality 
  • Rake the area to get a level seedbed 
  • Sow the seed at our recommended rate of 50g per m2 
  • Rake the seed in after sowing so that the seed is in amongst the soil 
  • Firm down by foot or by using a roller to improve seed-to-soil contact 

Overseeding an existing lawn with clover 

  • Remove any dead clover, weeds or moss by scarifying/raking the area 
  • Rake the area enough so that the soil is loose 
  • Sow the seed at our recommended rate of 35g per m2 
  • Rake the seed in after sowing so that the seed is in amongst the soil 
  • Firm down by foot or by using a roller to improve seed-to-soil contact 

Sow between 5mm and 10mm beneath the surface. A good rule to follow is to have the seed covered in the soil with the thickness of three £1 coins stacked together. 

Caring for your clover lawn after sowing 

Clover is a wild plant with incredibly low maintenance, so aside from some essential care, any love you show your new clover lawn is down to personal preference!  

Essential Lawn Care

  • Watering 

The essential bit (at the start). You should water your clover regularly for the first 4 weeks until you have a fully established lawn because keeping clover seeds moist speeds up their germination rate. Thanks to its clever rooting system, you don’t have to water your clover lawn as often as regular grass seed, meaning this is ideal for those wanting to cut back on their water use! 

  • Overseeding 

The essential bit (at the end). Clover is a short-lived perennial and requires reseeding every 2-3 years to maintain a healthy habitat for bees and pollinators and keep your lawn looking lush and green.  

Optional Extra Care

  • Mowing 

Clover lawns are low-growing, meaning you can keep their contact with your mower to a minimum. If you decide to mow your clover lawn, leave the clippings behind to serve as a natural fertiliser! 

Things to avoid when growing a clover lawn

  • Feeding 

Clover is a wild plant and will crowd out typical garden weeds that grow on your lawn. For those pesky weeds that remain, take the time to remove them by hand and don’t be tempted to use a Feed, Weed & Mosskiller product, as this will target the clover! Also, with its nitrogen-fixing ability, a clover lawn will produce more than enough nitrogen to keep your garden green and healthy without the help of any additional fertiliser!  

Want to compare clover to regular grass seed? Find out what grass seed is right for you