Microclover | DLF Seeds & Science | RMBA
Microclover DLF Seeds & Science
Microclover has finally hit North American lawns, landscapes and container gardens! Micro clover was originally produced in the Netherlands and Denmark for use on golf courses. Now available from Rocky Mountain BioAg micro clover offers a lush option in low maintenance landscaping and cover cropping! Microclover is a miniature version of the Dutch white clover once common in household lawns before toxic pesticides targeted broadleaf plants. It is well worth consideration for spring lawn renovation and works well as a cover crop on containers, and gardens. We helped hemp growers use micro clover to cover crop their fields and have also used it in orchards, vineyards and many other applications.
The tiny leaves are about one third the size of traditional clover and is bred for low height and does not grow in clumps. The unique growth of microclover helps it not look like a weed and more like the even green lawns loved by so many! It can be used as a standalone ground cover or as 2% - 5% of a lawn mix. When used in a lawn mix or a mixed cover crop it not only supplies continuous nitrogen but helps suppress weeds!
- Drought tolerant requires approximately 25% less water than conventional lawns to stay green
- Continuous nitrogen supply
- Helps suppress weeds
- Less mowing than most lawn grasses
- Keeps lawn, landscape or field looking greener and lusher
- Able to blend with grasses and other plants
- Does not overtake grass when planted together
- Tolerates regular mowing
- Helps to control erosion with deep roots
- Reduce nitrogen applications by 1 to 2 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft. annually
- Conventionally bred NON-GMO
- Clay coated seeds contain nitrogen fixing bacteria (Rhizobium leguminosarum) to assist the clover with nitrogen fixation
- Diseases are rare with microclover
- More traffic tolerant than many lawn alternatives
- Needs on 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily
Microclover can be used in many different applications from cover cropping container gardens and house plants or garden areas to being used in hemp fields, vineyards and orchards. The most common use of micro clover is in lawns and landscapes. You can use as a standalone groundcover or interseed to existing lawns and fields to add a nitrogen fixing species to your already established grasses. You may also add to lawn and cover crop mixes before planting. Microclovers are the best way to naturally fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and provide free nitrogen fertilizer to your lawns, landscapes and crops!
Hardy to Zone 3. This is by no means a guarantee that microclover will survive unexpected weather extremes. Like any plant extremely severe winter or summers potentially could result in damage or loss.
Sowing and Temperatures
It is best to sow micro clover seeds between the period two weeks prior to your last frost date and four weeks prior to your first average frost date.
Care and Mowing
Mow frequently. Do not mow less than 2 inches in length. Mowing will promote the microclover to spread and grow densely.
Container: 1/2 Tablespoon / 1 square foot (12" x 12") surface area
Garden / Raised Bed: 2-4 Pounds / 1,000 square feet
Interseed / Overseed Lawn: 1 Pound / 1,000 square feet
Microclover Lawn / Groundcover: 2-4 Pounds / 1,000 square feet