Did too much rain fall on your new clover food plot last fall? Maybe not enough precipitation? Topseed Trophy Clover is an excellent option for filling in those “bare spots” in an existing food plot. This no-till blend is specially designed to complement and coexist with other clovers. Once the seed has been sown over the desired areas, it is highly advisable that a cultipacker or lawn roller be employed to aid with seed / soil contact.
In addition, it’s usually advisable to mow or bushog clover plots at least once a year. This greatly helps to reduce competition with undesirable plants and weeds. A plant specific herbicide can also be employed if weeds become overabundant. When possible, let the stand grow at least 8 inches high or more before bushogging. And be cognizant of the fact that mowing during times of extreme heat, drought or precipitation can have adverse effects on the longevity of your plot. A no nitrogen fertilizer spread in the fall can sometimes be helpful.
Clover is generally the most useful and economic seed to plant for all types of wildlife. Everything from deer, turkey, song birds and even honey bees benefit from a lush stand of clover. If well-groomed and maintained, a clover food plot, under the right conditions, can last up to three to five years and beyond!