planting clover over a spotty grass lawn

Asked February 12, 2020, 10:07 AM EST

Hi! I have a section of lawn that was grass but now I am over-seeding with clover. The soil Ph is neutral, and the yard is shady. I want to plant clover to help the bees. What type would you recommend? thanks, Tom

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Unfortunately, clover has poor shade tolerance and will not thrive in a shady area.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawns-and-microclover

You may want to try another groundcover that grows best in the shade and has some pollinator benefits.
Consider Eurybia divaricata, White wood aster; Sedum ternatum, helleborus; comfrey, Heuchera americana, Phlox divaricata
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/native-plants-shady-slopes
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/flowers/groundcovers

Also, take a look at our page on lawn alternatives https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-alternatives

Marian