I want to remove my small existing lawn and replace it with micro-clover, I purchased the seeds online.
– Is July still a good time to do this work?
– My yard is west facing with a lot of sun exposure, is that good for micro-clovers.
– Is the work easy enough to do myself, I have very little gardening knowledge.
thank you in advance
Microclover was developed in Europe to meet the demands for another lawn alternative. Microclover is a newly developed form of clover that grows shorter, has softer stems, and has fewer flowers that are less attractive to bees. It is shade tolerant as well as being drought resistant. Like all legumes, microclover takes nitrogen from the air and through a chemical reaction deposits it into the ground as absorbable fertilizer. As a result, it provides a constant trickle of fertilizer to itself and the surrounding grass. It also also crowds out weeds preventing new ones from getting established. Microclover is usually mixed with highly drought tolerant grasses such as perennial rye grass and creeping types of fescues.
Micrclover is best sown from early April-mid May or it can be sown from mid-October until frost (late fall seeding). If seeding in the late fall seed will not germinate until the following Spring as the soil is too cold. However, Spring warm rains and snow melt will be enough to initiate germination.
When ready to sow, remember that good soil contact is required for any successful seeding. Clover needs room to establish, so cut the existing lawn at the lowest mower setting, then use a thatch rake or rent a power dethatcher to remove thatch and thin the lawn. For small areas spread clover according to directions on package by hand or use a broad cast spreader for larger areas. Cover seed thinly with 6mm of top dress. Water area regularly using a fine spray until established. Do not let the area dry out or walk on the area until lawn is established.
The following is a link with additional information on microclover: https://www.microclover.com/upload/microclover_brochure_web_1_001.pdf
Happy gardening !