Bee turf

RigglePLC

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Grand Rapids MI
What is bee turf? Do you intend to keep bees?
Do you mean a micro-clover seeding or a similar mini-clover or white Dutch clover?
Maybe black medic or alsike clover?
I do not know of any special preparation. I am sure you need to kill some or most of the grass to reduce competition from the grass. Maybe a very short mowing or scalp would be enough to allow the clover to take hold. The seeds are small--I am thinking I have seen a rate of 5 pounds per acre suggested.
Probably need a soil test and lime to bring the pH up to slightly alkaline. Do not fertilize with nitrogen--apply phosphorus and potassium.
Not sure--I think clover needs good drainage and full sunlight.
How far north? Winter kill could happen if you have extreme cold. Will soil freeze deeply?
 

hal

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Georgia

RigglePLC

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Grand Rapids MI
I hope this works out OK. We have a few acres of wildflower meadow at our local botanic garden. At times tall foreign weeds can grow up. Need hand pulling or cutting. Mostly not mowed--except in spring about mid-April before new growth has started. You may need to go over it every year and check for undesirable weeds thistle, and weed trees--to remove. Tall grasses, too.
I am not sure whether the seeds you have are perennials or self-seeding annuals. Don't be afraid to add a few annuals or perennial flower plants every year to add some additional color and variety. Sunflowers, zinnias, rudbeckia?
Let us know what happens--get pictures please!
 

RigglePLC

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Grand Rapids MI
Consider some ajuga, hen and chicks, moss rose, and low growing forms of bright green sedum.

Ground ivy is a difficult weed--however--for your purposes it spreads fast, is low growing and has a few purple flowers in the spring.

Oxalis is another difficult weed. Low growing, spreading by roots and rhizomes, yellow flowers, light green color--but also comes in a dark purple leaf color.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/519370..._query=oxalis+seeds&ref=sr_gallery-1-18&frs=1
 
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RigglePLC

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Grand Rapids MI
You might also consider Pigsqueak--Bergenia, which is a low growing ground cover flower.
https://www.outsidepride.com/search?s=bergenia

Balck medic is another low grower similar to clover.
https://ucanr.edu/sites/asi/db/covercrops.cfm?crop_id=8

It is a bit odd, according to the West Coast seeds description, their bee mixture includes perennial ryegrass and sheep fescue grass.

Keep in mind that non-grass turf lawns can accumulate a lot of weeds--(dandelions, for instance), and these have to be removed by hand. Broadleaf weed control cannot be applied, of course.
Butyrac will kill everything except clover (and grass), but I am sure you are not planning on that.
 
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