Crimson Clover is a cool-season cover crop that provides excellent ground cover and adds nitrogen to soils. Seeds are coated to make seeding/broadcasting easier. OMRI innoculated. Trifolium incarnatum.
Crimson Clover is a cover crop that works great as a ground cover for weed suppression and erosion control. Because clover is a legume, it fixes nitrogen from the atmosphere and adds it to soils, improving soil nutrient quality. Crimson clover can fix up to 200 lbs of nitrogen per acre. This makes it a perfect cover crop to rotate before corn or other heavy-feeding vegetable crops. It also works nicely as a green manure that can be incorporated into garden soils in early spring, which will increase organic matter and make soils more workable. Clover seed can be broadcast or direct-seeded with a walk-behind seeder.
Crimson Clover should be planted in fall a month or two before the average frost date. This will allow enough time for the clover to grow and establish ground cover before cold temperatures arrive. Clover will remain mostly dormant throughout the winter and resume growth early in the following year. In a vegetable garden situation, clover should be cut before going to seed. This will prevent any weed issues in the following years.
Crimson Clover Planting Information:
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Seeding Rate: 1 lb per 1,000 sq. ft.