Pollinator Cover Crop Seed Mix

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Our Pollinator Cover Crop Seed Mix features a varied mix of easy-to-grow legumes, including Clover, Alfalfa, Vetch, and Sainfoin. Small white, pink, purple, and gold flowers attract and nourish pollinators. Hardworking legumes suppress weeds, fix nutrients into the soil, improve soil condition, and prevent erosion. This is an excellent choice for groundcover and covercrops, as well as lawn replacement, or adding to a wildflower meadow. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Bee Friendly
Groundcover
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Soil Enhancer
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size12-72" tall
Bloom TimeEarly spring to late summer
SKUAM018270

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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What's in this Mix?

(12-72" tall) Pollinator Cover Crop Seed Mix  features a varied mix of easy-to-grow legumes. This mix will grow over 48" tall if left untrimmed. This is an excellent choice for groundcover and covercrops, as well as lawn replacement, or adding to a wildflower meadow. When planting cover crops, we recommend planting in early to mid-fall, and letting it grow until frost. Come spring, mow before it goes to seed, and then till the soil to add organic matter. Wait 3-6 weeks before planting new crops. Hairy Vetch, one of the varieties in this mix, is not recommended as pasture for grazing animals.

  Botanical Name Common Name Life Cycle Color Height Bloom Season
Medicago sativa Vernal Alfalfa Perennial Purple 15-36" tall Late spring
Melilotus officinalis Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover Biennial Yellow 48-72" tall Late spring to mid summer
  Onobrychis viciifolia Sainfoin Perennial Pink 36" tall Late spring to mid summer
Trifolium alexandrinum Berseem Clover Annual Cream 18-30" tall Late spring to early summer
  Trifolium michelianum Savi Balansa Clover Annual White-Pink 36" tall Spring
Vicia villosa Hairy Vetch Annual Purple 24" tall Early to late spring
Plant Information
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Associated SKUsAM018270
AM018138 (1 Pound)
AM018139 (5 Pounds)
AM018140 (10 Pounds)
AM018141 (25 Pounds)
AM018142 (50 Pounds)
Botanical Name
Trifolium michelianum Savi, Trifolium alexandrinum, Melilotus officinalis, Onobrychis vicifolia, Vicia villosa & Medicago sativa
Common Name
Balansa Clover, Berseem Clover, Yellow Sweet Clover, Sainfoin, Hairy Vetch & Alfalfa
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Bloom Time
Early spring to late summer
Flower Color
Mixed
Mature Height
12-72" tall
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Mixtures
Coverage
1 lb covers 1,850 square feet
5 lb covers 9,250 square feet
10 lb covers 18,500 square feet
25 lb covers 46,250 square feet
50 lb covers 92,500 square feet
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Non-GMO
Yes
Neonicotinoid Free
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Bee Friendly, Groundcover, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Soil Enhancer
Ships As
Seed
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
Yes
Planting & Care

Download our printable Grass Planting Guide, with Seeding Rates.

Create a Low-Maintenance Lawn or Add Nutrients to Your Soil with Grass and Groundcover Seeds.

Orchard Grass
Orchard Grass is a versatile variety that can be planted as a cover crop.

Getting Started: When to Plant

Planting Grass Seed in Fall or Spring: The ideal time to plant grass seed varies by hardiness zone, but is usually in the spring, once temperatures have reached a consistent 60 F and there is no more danger of frost. Grass can be planted through the end of July but no later. If you’re planting in the fall, wait until after there have been a few killing frosts so the seeds you plant will lie dormant until the spring.

Planting as a Cover Crop or Green Manure

If you're planting grasses, legumes or clover to replenish nutrients, suppress weeds or more, we recommend planting in early to mid fall. Let the grass grow until frost. Come spring, mow before it goes to seed and then till the soil. Wait 3-6 weeks before planting new crops.

Which plants are best for cover crops?

Clover, Peas, Vetch and Rye Grass.

Planting Rates: How Much Seed Do I Need?

Planting rates vary depending on the size of the seed. A larger seed (such as a Fescue) can be seeded at 10lbs/1,000 square feet. A smaller seed (such as a Bluegrass) can be seeded as low as 2lbs/1,000 square feet. To see planting rates for each individual variety, please view the chart on the back page of this guide.

If you’re still unsure of how much seed to use in your area, please give us a call at (877) 309-7333.

Preparing the Area for Planting

We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eliminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add a product to help aerate your soil to improve seed germination, but this is not necessary.

Step-By-Step Planting Instructions

Medium Red Clover
Medium Red Clover helps add nutrients to soil.
  1. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. See the back of the this guide for seeding rates. To make sure you're spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking north to south and 1/2 of the seed walking east to west.
  2. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth.
  3. Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum depth of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, sterilized straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.
  4. Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.
  5. Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. This information can be found on our website at the specific product page. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times — the seedlings will be somewhat tender.
  6. After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.

It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow. Be patient. If you have any questions about germination time or planting, please don’t hesitate to call us at (877) 309-7333.

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