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Clover

Postby Blazed » Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:03 am

I planted clover this year, with cow peas to suppliment until the clover takes. Should I mow the clover the first year?

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RE: Clover

Postby bowman12 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:38 am

We've been planting food plots for several years now and I'm really enjoying our clover plots more and more. Alot more bang for you buck and deer eat it almost year round.
 
Depending on how well it grows for you, but I'm almost sure you'll want to mow it at least once this year. It'll probably be pretty tall before your deer seasons open and you want the new growth to be available when you plan on hunting it the most. Our first frost of the year up nort here is middle to late september so I'll usually mow it end of august or early september so it has a good two or three weeks to grow before our first frost hits. If you plan on hunting it earlier, early bow season, I'd mow it two weeks before your going to hunt it. Don't be afraid to fertilize it a few weeks before you plan on hunting it either. Good Luck!

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RE: Clover

Postby bowman12 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:39 am

One more thing, if you have a lot of grass in it, POST does an awesome job at killing that. Mowing seems to kill the broadleaf weeds real good.

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RE: Clover

Postby Blazed » Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:02 am

This is good to hear. Last year I put in 2 acres of brassica , by hand. The deer never touched it. I'm hoping the clover will do it.

What fertilizer  type do you use? 12-12-12?

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RE: Clover

Postby bowman12 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:46 am

During the first year of growth the 12-12-12 would work well, but after that and even after the first mowing we use a mix with very low nitrogen or none at all. 7-20-20 is what our fertilizer plant gives us to use. The nice thing about clover is it fixes nitrogen back into the soil so you want to avoid fertilizing with any nitrogen because the only thing you'd be boosting would be the weeds. Good luck!

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RE: Clover

Postby padeerhunter » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:59 am

We have one clover plot already and are planting a clover/alfalfa mix this year. The deer and turkey seem to
love the clover. The deer also like the winter rye we planted. This year we might try winter greens as well.
We are taking down the corn fields this year because the deer prefer the clover over it.

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RE: Clover

Postby msbadger » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:17 am

This spring on my woodland trails I planted HSG seed that is mixed with red and wht clover....This is a shady area that I have had problems getting things to grow for almost 4 yrs until now...I've mowed it once already here are pics I took last night....

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RE: Clover

Postby bowman12 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:30 am

Wow msbadger! That's awesome growth, and that's an understatement! Do you think that's the white clover? Anybody know what the difference is between white and ladino clover?

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RE: Clover

Postby Goose » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:59 am

Ladino is from the white clover family, it is a white clover. It will also have a white "v" on the leafs.
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RE: Clover

Postby msbadger » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:50 am

Goose is correct..the mix is reds and white clovers...heres a couple of whts...

Opps hit wrong button...here are pics


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