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wbyman
02-28-2013, 02:40 PM
We have about 6 inches of snow here in west central IL. Is it ok to frost seed clover on top of that, or should I wait for it to melt ? Thanks !

yoderj@cox.net
02-28-2013, 03:02 PM
We have about 6 inches of snow here in west central IL. Is it ok to frost seed clover on top of that, or should I wait for it to melt ? Thanks !

Frost seeding works by drawing the seed into the ground when it goes through the freeze/thaw cycle daily. You are looking for night time lows that freeze the top inch or so of ground followed by day time highs where they thaw out. The heaving the soil goes through during this process is what draws the clover seed to the right depth for good germination.

Clover seed is pretty hardy. Yes, you "can" broadcast it on top of the snow. When the snow melts later, any seed that has survived will eventually get frost seeded.

However, unless you have some time constraint or something, it is better to wait. Seed on top of snow is just an invitation for song birds and the like to come for a feast. It is very easy for them to find and eat a lot of seed on top of the snow. Once the snow melts and seed is down in the thatch, it is much more work for them to find and eat each seed. This also allows less time for heavy rains to wash away seed, high winds to blow off the top layer of snow, etc;

There is no hurry to frost seed. It is only too late once night time lows are too high to freeze the top inch or so of soil.

Thanks,

Jack