No Mow Lawn & Microclover Seed Mix

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Say goodbye to constant lawn maintenance and enjoy your yard more than ever, thanks to our No Mow Lawn & Microclover Seed Mix. No Mow Grass includes deep green, low-growing fescues with a soft texture. Microclover spreads densely and evenly, creating a cushiony feel while discouraging pests and acting as a natural lawn fertilizer. Dense growth prevents weeds, and the established lawn is highly drought resistant. This mix is ideal for high traffic areas, durable for kids, and resistant to pet spots. Get the look of a traditional, manicured lawn – without all the work.
Zones 4 - 7
Advantages
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Groundcover
multiplies--naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
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Easy To Grow
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Soil Enhancer
Light Requirements
full-sun
Full Sun
half-sun--half-shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 3-6" tall
SKUAM020187

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?

Our No Mow Lawn & Microclover Seed Mix is the perfect solution for a self-sustaining lawn. The lawn features our No Mow Grass, a a mix of low-growing grasses that are soft and highly resilient. Microclover has been gaining popularity around the world as a natural solution for healthy, low-maintenance lawns. This durable, easy-to-grow mix is a great option for high traffic areas like home lawns, athletic fields, parks, and even slopes. It will grow in full sun to partial shade. It thrives in light to moderate shade, including under trees with indirect light. It can also tolerate growing under black walnut trees and spruce trees, if the walnuts and pine needles are removed. This quick-growing lawn will germinate in about 10-14 days when the conditions are right; the cool season grasses establish best in spring or fall. This mix is best for use in the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest. For states along the southern US border and warmer zones, we recommend warm season grasses.


For a natural look, you can skip mowing altogether. For a more manicured look, mow as little as twice a year – once in spring and once in fall when grass is most actively growing. To train the Microclover to grow with an even more compact form, mow a few times when the clover reaches 3-4" tall during it's first growth flush, then reduce mowing to maintenance. 


Do not use fertilizer, as it will cause grass to become tall and leggy. This lawn mix is resistant to spots from pet urine. 


When To Plant:
The clover and cool season grasses in this mix prefer cooler temperatures for germination and growth, so spring and fall are the best time to plant; avoid planting at the hottest time of year. In spring, you can sow as early as two weeks before your last frost date. In fall, sow at 4-6 weeks prior to your first average frost date, so that perennial clover plants have time to establish root systems before freezes hit. In spring you’ll have more weed pressure; planting in fall allows you to avoid the germination time of most weeds.

Soil Preparation:
For the best success with your new planting, we recommend removing existing growth and preparing soil for planting.

Watering:
All new plantings should be kept damp for best results with germination. Water enough to ensure your soil doesn’t fully dry out in between. Once seedlings appear after about 2 weeks, watering can be reduced.

Maintenance:
The benefit of growing Microclover in your lawn is that it does not need fertilizer! Avoid the use of herbicides as they will damage or kill Microclover. For a natural look, skip mowing altogether, or mow as little as twice a year for a neat look – once in spring and once in fall when grass is most actively growing. Mow at most once per month, or when grass reaches 5-6 inches tall; do not mow lower than 3.5-4 inches. Do not use fertilizer, as it will cause grass to become taller and leggy. Over time, if thatch builds up to the point where dead grass is visible and the grass begins to thin out, the lawn should be de-thatched in mid-spring before growth begins.

Sowing Seeds:
Using the recommended coverage rate, scatter seeds densely and gently compress seeds for good seed to soil contact. We recommend reserving about 10-15% of seeds so that you can fill patches that may occur. 


For even more information on Microclover:
How To Grow Microclover: The Secret To A Self-Sustaining Lawn

Plant Information
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Associated SKUsAM020187
AM020184 (5 Pounds)
AM020185 (10 Pounds)
Common Name
No Mow Lawn & Microclover
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Seed Life Cycle
Perennial
Mature Height
3-6" tall
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Mixtures
Grass Type
Cool Season
Coverage
5 lbs covers approx 1600 sq ft
10 lbs covers approx 3200 sq ft
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Non-GMO
Yes
Neonicotinoid Free
Days to Germination
10-14
Advantages
Groundcover, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Easy To Grow, 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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