Create a low-maintenance lawn, add nutrients to enrich your soil, and prevent erosion by planting grass and groundcover seeds. Planting grasses and groundcovers to protect your soil is an integral step toward a thriving landscape for home lawns and gardens, meadows, and farms, orchards, apiaries, or other agricultural settings. Follow this guide to grow with confidence!
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When To Plant Microclover
In spring, you can sow Microclover as early as two weeks before your last frost date. In fall, sow at least 8 weeks prior to your first average frost date, so that perennial clover plants have time to establish root systems before freezes hit. Clover prefers cooler temperatures for germination and growth, so avoid planting at the hottest time of year.
Learn more about planting Microclover: How To Grow Microclover: The Secret To A Self-Sustaining Lawn
When To Plant Grass & Groundcover Seed
For planting in spring, the ideal time to plant is once temperatures have reached a consistent 60F and there is no more danger of frost. Spring planting is also typically best for warm season grasses.
- Grass can be planted through the end of July, but no later.
- If you're planting and it's warmer than usual, or just during the heat of the summer, be sure to increase irrigation so that soil stays moist consistently, to encourage seed germination and ensure growth.
Fall planting is also an option. Planting in fall allows you to take advantage of cooler temperatures and natural precipitation. This is typically better for cool season grasses and large plantings that may otherwise be difficult to water.
- In warm regions with hot summers and without winter freeze, planting in the fall offers cooler temperatures, helping to reduce watering needs and giving plants less stress at their start.
- In areas that will get a winter freeze, plant after there have been a few killing frosts, and after soil temperatures are below 55F. Seeds will lie dormant until the spring when soil temperatures warm, and they will have a head start on growth.
When To Plant Cover Crops and "Green Manure"
If you’re planting grasses, legumes, or clover as a cover crop, or "green manure" to replenish nutrients, suppress weeds, or stabilize your soil, we recommend planting in early to mid-fall.
- Let the plants grow until frost.
- Come spring, mow your cover crop before it goes to seed. Then till the soil.
- Wait 3-6 weeks before planting new crops.
Learn more about planting Cover Crops: Green Manures & Cover Crops - Plants That Give Back