Clover is a legume that can fix nitrogen in the soil, making it an important crop to add to your rotation. Not only does clover add nitrogen, but it can also improve the soil texture and help suppress weeds. Clover is a cool-season crop that grows well in most parts of the United States. In this guide, we will discuss how and when to fertilize clover, as well as some of the best feeding options available.
What is clover and what does it need to grow best?
Clover is a type of plant that belongs to the legume family. There are three types of clover: red, white, and alsike. Clover is often used as a cover crop because it helps suppress weeds and add organic matter to the soil. Clover also fixes nitrogen in the soil, which makes it an important crop for sustainable farming practices.
To grow best, clover needs plenty of sunlight, good drainage, and fertile soil with a pH between six and seven. Clover can tolerate acidic soils, but they won’t thrive in highly alkaline or saline conditions.
If you’re interested in growing clover, be sure to provide it with adequate moisture and fertilizer.
What are the advantages of fertilizing clover?
Fertilizing clover has many benefits, the most notable of which are increased yields and improved soil health. Fertilizing clover can also help to suppress weeds and pests, and increase the nutrient value of forage.
Which NPK ratio choose?
If you are unsure about what NPK ratio to choose, there are a few guidelines you can follow. The first is to match the nitrogen level with the phosphorus and potassium levels. For example, if your fertilizer has a 12-24-12 ratio, then it would be best suited for a clover that needs high nitrogen levels. If your fertilizer has a 0-20-0 ratio, it is best suited for a clover that needs low nitrogen levels.
You can also choose a fertilizer based on the type of soil you have. If your soil is acidic, you will want to use fertilizers with lower pH levels. If your soil is alkaline, you will want to use fertilizers with higher pH levels.
You should also take into account the climate in which you live. If you live in a colder climate, you will want to use a fertilizer that is higher in potassium levels. If you live in a warmer climate, you will want to use a fertilizer that is higher in phosphorus levels.
When and how to fertilize clover?
The best time to fertilize clover is during the early spring and late fall. Make sure to avoid fertilizing when it’s hot, as this can damage the plant.
If you are using a liquid fertilizer for clover, mix it with water and pour it around the base of the plants. If you are using granular fertilizer, sprinkle it over the top of the soil. Be careful not to over-fertilize, as this can harm your plants. Follow the instructions on the label for dosage information.
It’s also important to note that clover takes up phosphorus very efficiently, so you may not need to apply any if your soil test results show that your soil has a high level of phosphorus.