|Frustration kicks in every spring when it comes to grass lawns.
What to do.
|We decided to over-seed with White Clover (Trifolium repens). This brand: The General Seed Company.
First, we dealt with the sad looking turf. We mowed the lawn at the lowest setting, without scalping the turf. Then we de-thatched the grass lawn by raking it thoroughly.
|We raked out about 3 of these large containers full. Even removing some green blades of grass to make sure soil is exposed.
We purchased soil in bags. We checked local flyers for deals on bagged top soil. Pays to shop around. The bagged soil has no weed seeds. Enough said. Worth the extra expense IMO. Try not to use fluffy soil. Add sand to peat based soils.
Any bare turf pockets, we back filled with soil and raked it into the existing grass.
Leveling the ground as we raked. The bare spots had over 1-2 inches of top soil.
Various Clover Seed lawn instructions mentioned that the best way to overseed clover in smaller areas is to incorporate and mix the seed with soil before applying.
|Clover seed is similar looking to mustard seed. It's quite tiny and to seed directly by hand, would cause too much concentration in some spots vs others.
|Cutting an old jug like this - to make a scoop, we over-seeded the mixture on to the bare spots first.
|Sprinkling it as even as possible.
|I again gently trampled the sprinkled mixture on the bare spots and then took a corn broom and swept over the areas.
Once the bare spots were over-seeded, we sprinkled the soil/seed mix rather sparingly over the grass.
To make sure the seed gets in between the grass, down to the soil level, we fan raked the turf thoroughly. Our expectation is to see clover pop up between the grass, eventually overtaking the grass once it gains vigor.
With the last bag of soil, we lightly top dressed the lawn over the seed. Being more generous with bare pockets. Just enough to cover the seed.
|Just use your fingers to flick the soil sharply and it will scatter quite evenly.
Note: It also attracts bees. For some this may be a deterrent, but with declining bee populations, we welcome them to our landscape.
Let's hope it works out.
Will update on progress and durability. (Update completed)
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