Long story short, I planted this yellow sweet clover this spring and it's actually come in pretty thick. Of course, since planting I've done some research and don't think that this yellow sweet clover is necessarily what I want. Wondering if anyone has had any experience with it?
Also to my plan for the fall. I was thinking in a few weeks here I'd maybe throw some winter rye into the works and then mow the clover overtop to encourage some variety into the plot. Wondering if I should go and get some ladino seed as well and throw it in at the same time. The yellow sweet clover is supposed to be a biennial, so it will be done after next year. Is it that bad that I should terminate and start over?
You'd think with all the information available to a guy he'd be able to get it right off the hop. Just being completely green to any kind of farming I fell into the trap of listening to the guy, unless you all tell me he knew what he was talking about and I am good to go ;)
Thanks for any help and/or suggestions. On a side note. I planted some Siberian crab apple trees and they are absolutely killing it. Started at about 6" and are now over two feet tall. I never expected that kind of growth. There is moderate deer and bear usage in this little half acre plot now. They certainly aren't flocking to it, and spending large amounts of time in eating from what I can see from trail camera pictures.
I’d get rid of it and add a variety of clovers to the plot. Biennial and annual clovers can be tricky because some of them can produce a hard seed 45 days post bloom and make an indefinite seed bank. Take Fixation Balansa for an example. It’s an annual clover but sets hard seed. Once it does you will struggle to get rid of it without chemecial applications.
If possible you can spray it add your Winter Rye and clover varieties. Fixation Balansa can be dormant seeded in November depending on your zone. The thing with WR is if left unchecked will grow 5’ the next Spring before it self terminates in June. (Zone 6a for me). It does make an excellent nurse crop and does well in a mix with clover. It’s great for the soil and deer will readily feed and bed in the 5’ stalks. They will stop eating the WR mid Spring but will still return for the clover.
Just as important as caging your trees is to put some window screen around the trunk to fend off voles, mice and rabbits. Take into account the depth of the snow when selecting the height to use. Pretty tough to get a tree established with good growth only to have it girdled in the winter.
Your winter rye planted mid summer will be a great fall attractant, good choice.