1 lb. Package – $19.00
5 lb. Package – $90.00
10 lb. Package – $175.00
Nitrofixer Mini Clover
What we plant today will have to be maintained tomorrow. So, what should we be planting? Plants which will be taxing our already strained resources or plants which are more self sustaining? In the world of landscape/turf maintenance it is a given fact that water, labor, and monies will be allocated in other directions. The days of finely-manicured turf will be in the rearview mirror. The availability and quality of water will be reduced.
So, we know the problem which looms ahead. What can we do about it now? We need to look to the past for the answer. In the pre-1970s it was common practice to include clover in grass seed mixes. It was instituted for the primary reason of fertility.
Clover is a nitrogen fixer meaning that it takes nitrogen out of the air and places it into the soil to be absorbed by adjacent plants. In this case grass. It also improves tilth, wear tolerance, and salt tolerance. But the clovers in the past were of the Ladino type and they were aggressive and large-leafed. Too much of this was unsightly. To get it more acceptable to the consumers, clover had to be smaller.
So, via plant breeding, it has been reduced in size to where in normal mowing practices it won’t be unsightly. Nitrofixer produces stolons which enables it to spread evenly in the turf. It is capable of growing in many climatic and soil conditions. This includes wet (short periods of time), shade, and drought conditions.
Nitrofixer will greatly enhance new or existing turf. Due to its constant fertilization, the turf will increase its wear tolerance. Nitrofixer is very similar to having a constant slow-release form of nitrogen. Then there is the issue of broadleaf weeds. By making the grass stronger, the grass will compete stronger against the weeds. There will be a reduction in the use of herbicides. Using 2,4D as a broadleaf control is suggested. If it does get out of hand, then the use of Trimec type herbicides can manage it.
Recommended seeding rate is 3-5% in grass mixes. Using it straight, it is recommended to be sown at 10-15#/ac.
The use of a nitrogen fertilizer is only recommended during the first year of growth.