Seeding With Clover Mix

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  1. walker45

    walker45 LawnSite Member
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    I was wandering is it a good idea to mix clover in when overseeding to help lawn with a natural nitrogen source and does it help in any other way. I see sports fields around here that have it and seem to be doing well during the summer I have a clay based soil and hard to get grass established and a good stand going and keeping it green during summer. I currently am using a seed mix of Rendition Rx, Titan Ultra and Hudson Tall fescue, just curious getting ready to overseed and wandring if I should go this route good or bad idea.
     
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Terrible idea. It will choke out the new seedlings.
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  3. walker45

    walker45 LawnSite Member
    from va
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    Is there a better mix to look for than what I am using that will repair itself and grow better here in Va.
     
  4. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Residential, commercial, or athletic field
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  5. walker45

    walker45 LawnSite Member
    from va
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    Residential lawn
     
  6. szykan

    szykan LawnSite Member
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    I use a 5 way Fescue mix seed blend. One may be more drought tolerant, one better against disease, one better against bugs, and so on. This way it lessens chance of losing large areas. I don't have a magazine cover lawn, buts it's in the top few of my neighborhood. Ive noticed a difference since not using only one kind of seed for about 3 years now. Also I've been reading about about laying 1 inch of compost to help soil. You may want to research that to. If all else fails, flower beds and trees.
     
  7. walker45

    walker45 LawnSite Member
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    What seed names are you using also I was just looking at the compost idea so what type or what do I look for when buying the compost
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  8. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    LS1200 or Firecracker
     
  9. szykan

    szykan LawnSite Member
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    Where ever you get compost should have all the info about that. Different composts for different applications.

    Missouri southern seed company
    Turf fescue blend
    5-way mix
     
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Clover is not particularly drought hardy. I think...it is best used in a roadside situation where you do not intend to fertilize ever. White bloom in spring. Most weed sprays will kill it.
    If you can avoid killing it, and can get it to survive summer heat, it will add about a pound of nitrogen per year. Perhaps you can still purchase black medic seed. It also adds nitrogen, but the yellow flowers are small and not very noticeable. Its an annual--but it reseeds itself to some degree.
    http://www.hearneseed.com/product-info.php?Sava_Sail_Medic-pid74.html
     

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