Question on frost seeding clover

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Question on frost seeding clover

Unread postby tomcbigbucks » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:48 am

When is the best time and what else should I be aware of.

Have a spot on a farm that has a 2 acre dog leg. We have a shooting house built on the one end, in a 1/2 half circle we have a feeder that from March till end of Sept we fill with protein and then corn. The half circle is planted in clover and the rest of field is a Timonthy,clover, alpha blend that farmers harvest for hay.

Would like to frost seed the half circle to improve the stand of clover.
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Re: Question on frost seeding clover

Unread postby Teddy Klark » Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:31 pm

Frost seeding is easy, If it is 1/2 acre then you will want a half rate so you would want 1/4 acre worth of seed blend of your choice. Once the snow has melted, and the ground is still freezing at night and thawing during the day ( typically last week of February through March in Pennsylvania ) Apply the seed to the ground by any means really, for an area this size I usually use a walk behind broadcast seeder. That's it, mother nature will do the rest. This time of year nothing has grown yet so it is essentially bare ground. And the freezing and thawing action of the dirt will cause the ground to basically swallow the seed, ensuring optimum seed to soil contact. Hope this was helpful any more questions please feel free to ask! And again I recommend North Ridge Wildlife Forage seed you can see the specific seed blend makeups on the website. http://www.northridgewildlifeforage.com
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Re: Question on frost seeding clover

Unread postby tomcbigbucks » Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:31 pm

Should I try to mow it first?

There's some grass in it that in areas are a little tall and thick? Or is this the time to try to weed treat the grass?

Thanks again for the info, I will ordering some seed.
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Re: Question on frost seeding clover

Unread postby Teddy Klark » Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:56 pm

I wouldn't mow it first, I would frost seed it. And later this spring once clover is established I would treat the plot with a grass killer. There are multiple products designed for this that won't hurt the clover. This is a good article on frost seeding also. http://pabowhunting.wix.com/pabh#!Frost ... 2F22789188
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