Perennial Sow months: 3-8 20sq.mt packet For larger amounts please click HERE
- Fast growing perennial.
- Fixes nitrogen, suppress weeds and improves soil structure.
- Its roots penetrate deep into the soil and help to improve its structure by binding soils together (especially light ones) and this help against nutrients leaching in wet winters.
- The growing bulky foliage also helps to prevent soil erosion especially during winter and helps the soil to retain more moisture in summer/winter.
- Red clover is winter hardy and also relatively drought tolerant due to the deep rooting ability.
- It will perform best on well drained, fertile soils with a pH of 6 to 6.5.
- Red Clover Green Manure Seeds can be sown between April - September and can be left for 3- 36 months.
- It is good at suppressing weeds as it grows bulky foliage that smothers weeds (give it a good start by clearing the soil of all weeds first).
- The flowers are loved by bees and beneficial insects but cut down or dig in before setting seed.
How to sow green manures –
- Prepare a reasonable seed bed.
- Broadcast you seeds. If you have a large area to cover it is a good idea to divide the seed and the land into 4 parts to avoid running out of seed.
- Rake in and water if soil is dry.
Did you know?
- Clover is part of the pea family and fixes nitrogen from the air in its root nodules. (These are the little pink nodes found on the roots of the legume family).
- When chopped up and dug into the soil the nitrogen store is released fairly quickly.
- If sown with a 'nitrogen lifter' like Italian Rye or Forage Rye the nitrogen will be released at a slower rate sometimes up to 6 months later so use will depend on when the following crop will be planted and the nitrogen needed.
- Red Clover can fix in the region of 200kg N per hectare per year.
Click HERE to read a Teagasc document on Red Clover.