I have a few questions about clover plots. Will they survive the heat of a south Alabama summer? What type of fertilizer ( if any ) should be used on them? If I have a good stand of clover in the fall will it be suitable for a fall/winter food plot? I have always planted clover in the fall and it really doesn't grow all that well until spring. I have considered mowing it as required during the summer if it will still be there in the fall. ANY answers/opinions are welcome on this...tell me about your own results
wnogood---I have never had any luck either planting clover in the spring---seems here in oklahoma the summers are just too dry and hot. The clover just doesn't have enough time to get that deep root system to sustain itself in the summer. Most clovers, being perenials, are slow growers. I like to plant clover in the fall and planting some wheat/rye as a companion plant with the clover. This gives you a nice winter plot of wheat and rye and protects the young clover plants. It is about this time of year that I really start seeing growth on the clover.
I would strongly recommend giving your clover an early spring fertilization and mow it in the summer. This serves 2 purposes---controlling weed competition and stimulation new growth on the clover--which is more nutritous and tastes better.