How To Grow Grass & Groundcover Seed

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<a href="/grass-and-groundcover-seeds/clover-seeds/strawberry-clover-seeds">Strawberry Clover</a> is a versatile, quick growing variety that benefits pollinators, in addition to being a low-maintence lawn cover.

Create a low maintenance, low mow lawn, add nutrients to your soil, and prevent erosion with grass & groundcover seeds!

What plants are best for cover crops?

Getting Started: When To Plant

Planting Grass Seed in Fall or Spring

The ideal time to plant grass seed varies by hardiness zone and planting climate.

In most regions, the idea time to plant 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 it's abnormally warm, or during the scorching heat of the summer, you may need to increase irrigation to ensure growth.

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 Cover Crops in Fall

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 grass 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.

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<a href="/grass-and-groundcover-seeds/vetch-seeds/hairy-vetch-seeds">Hairy Vetch</a> is an attractive and aggressive covercrop. Plant in the fall to till in the Spring for soil nutrients, and weed protection.

Preparation For Planting

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, check out our printable PDF Grass Seed Planting Guide

If you’re unsure of how much seed to use in your area, please Contact our Customer Service Team for advice.

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 (such as LazyMan Liquid GoldTM) to improve seed germination, but this is not necessary.

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<a href="/grass-and-groundcover-seeds/chewings-fescue-grass-seeds">Chewings Fescue Grass Seed</a> is an easy growing, low-maintence, drought-tolerant option for your shady or part sun area
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<a href="/grass-and-groundcover-seeds/winter-rye-grass-seeds">Winter Rye Grass</a> is a great winter companion, managing to fix nitrogen, erosion control, and nutrients in the soil all at once.

Step-By-Step Instructions For Planting Grass And Groundcover Seeds

  1. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. Check out our printable PDF 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 Easy 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. 
  5. Once the seeds sprout, water deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep-rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.
  6. 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.
  7. After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.
  8. 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 contact us or call us at (877) 309-7333.

Grass and Groundcover Seeds

  1. Soil Boost & Pollinator Seed Mix

    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 ...

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    Pollinator Cover Crop Seed Mix Balansa Clover, Berseem Clover, Yellow Sweet Clover, Sainfoin, Hairy Vetch & Alfalfa Trifolium michelianum Savi, Trifolium alexandrinum, Melilotus officinalis, Onobrychis vicifolia, Vicia villosa & Medicago sativa
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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.
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  2. White Dutch White Clover Seeds, Trifolium repens, Dutch White Clover Seeds

    Dutch White Clover is one of the most popular clovers used in lawns, but also has many other uses. Plant this perennial clover as a cover crop, groundcover, for erosion control or in...

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    Dutch White Clover Seeds Dutch White Clover Seeds Trifolium repens
    As low as $38.95 Sale $31.16
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    Dutch White Clover is one of the most popular clovers used in lawns, but also has many other uses. Plant this perennial clover as a cover crop, groundcover, for erosion control or in your pasture mixture. The elegant, white flowers create a sweeping carpet of white. (Trifolium repens)
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  3. Northeast Native Grass Seed Mixture

    This mixture is made up of warm and cool-season grasses that are native to the Northeast and will be a hardy, long-lasting solution to any area....

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    This mixture is made up of warm and cool-season grasses that are native to the Northeast and will be a hardy, long-lasting solution to any area.
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  4. Southeast Native Grass Mixture

    Southeast Native Grass Seed Mix is an easy-to-grow combination of grasses that are native to the Southeastern part of the United States. Featuring Little Bluestem Grass, Virginia Wil...

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    Southeast Native Grass Seed Mix is an easy-to-grow combination of grasses that are native to the Southeastern part of the United States. Featuring Little Bluestem Grass, Virginia Wildrye, Purpletop, and more, this mixture is perfect for planting in pastures and meadows. Turn your high-maintenance lawn into a low maintenance, ornamental native prairie.
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