Red Clover as Ground Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Plymouth, MA
Question by cegee
August 28, 1998
We have an area about 500 sq ft at bottom of driveway. Our driveway is approximately 375 ft long. We want a groundcover that is low maintenance and something that does not have to be watered except of course when first planted. The soil is acidic and the area gets sun all day long. We are having a problem finding red clover at this time of year. I am very interested to see if you have red clover in stock at this time. Also do we need anything else before planting besides loam and lime?


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Answer from NGA
August 28, 1998

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Fall is a great time to do soil testing and prep so you'll be ready to plant when spring rolls around, but fall isn't the best time to establish a groundcover. Red clover is a short-lived plant, but it does reseed readily. It thrives in fertile, near-neutral pH soil, and does require regular irrigation until established. If you can't find seed locally in the spring, let us know, and we'll hook you up with a mail-order source.

To give your clover the best chance possible to compete with weeds, till a couple of times prior to sowing seed. This encourages weed seeds to sprout, and the next pass of tilling a few days later kills them. Best of luck!

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