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Leaf mulch vs young white clover  RSS feed

 
Thom Foote
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I seeded a growing area with clover about the first of October. It has come up but is not big. I sowed too late but wanted to get some in the ground. It is planted in bare ground that I want to mulch with unshredded maple leaves. My question is this:
If I mulch with leaves now will it kill the young white clover plants or will they go dormant and start growing again in the spring when I rake the leaves aside to expose them ? I don't want to leave the bare ground bare over the winter. I suppose if it does kill the immature clovers I can just reseed and have all summer for the clover to establish itself. Any ideas?
 
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Thom, Won't the leaves be broken down and composted by spring?
 
Thom Foote
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They won't be broken down by then, just a layer of wet, partially decomposed leaves. That is one thing I am afraid of that they will smother the immature clover with their weight and water content.
 
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