Crown Vetch

A ground cover that is typically used as an erosion control and roadside plantings

  1. Best time to plant:
  • Spring, Summer, Late Fall
    • Do not plant early fall (fall planting should be after October 15th so the seed will remain dormant until spring)
  1. Apply lime to the area
  • A pH of 6.5-7.0 is preferred
    • If in doubt about your lawn’s pH level, apply 100 lbs. of lime per 1,000 square feet.
  1. Apply a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen to the area to be seeded
  2. Inoculant is a must! Follow directions on the packaging.
  3. Mix one pound of crown vetch with one pound of annual ryegrass for every 1,000 square feet
  • The area can be seeded heavier to speed the rate of establishment
  1. Cover the seed with 1-1.5” of straw
  • 1-2 bales per 1,000 square feet.

Crown vetch grows slowly in the beginning, but the seeded area should be fully covered in 1-2 years. Crown vetch is very invasive, you will want to plan and plant carefully.

By | 2017-09-25T18:00:51+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Landscaping, Lawn Maintenance & Care|Comments Off on Crown Vetch

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