have had problems broadcasting clover seed in the past because the seed is so tiny. I end up going to buy more even though i originally buy the correct amount according to my plot size. ANY SUGGESTIONS, besides running while broadcasting
I would recommend seeding the plot as lightly as possible the first time over it and then go over it again with the remaining seed. Clover and brassicus seed is so small it is almost impossible to apply the correct amount on the first application. It is better to be conservative on the first pass with good seed distribution and apply the rest on the second pass than apply to much seed, especially with a brassicus mix on a well prepared seedbed. To much seed can result in stunted growth and less overall forage. I use a bag hand seeder.
use the Scott seeder at the 1 setting. I aim mine up a little to get and even wider spread, with a birsk walk. I go full lengths of the plot. Then with the remaining seed i then go full widths for the plot. The if there is still some left (usually not much) I go up the middle in a zig zag.
I don't know that I have EVER gotten the right amount on of either of them, but then, I haven't had many failures either.
Yeah, buddy of mine came for my food plot equipment the other day to do a food plot in Ohio. ATV, sprayer, and an $10 Scotts seeder. He looked at me like I was nuts..... I ain't, and that spreader has done lots of plots over the years.
I use a an over the shoulder bag seeder that has about a 25 pound capacity. I've found I can control the seeding rate quite well. Like BTS said, open the seeder at half the recommended setting and walk a criss cross pattern. It will ensure there aren't any gaps and that you won't run out of seed before half the plot is covered.
Will it all be covered uniformly - heck no!
Maybe I did this wrong, but I used my Herd seeder and quad to seed my brassicas. I thoroughly mixed 2lbs. of seed and 20lbs of pelletized lime in a feed bag, and then dumped in in the seeder. I set the seeder at a very low setting and went over the 1/3 acre plots north to south and east to west and around the perimeter and then zigzaged befor the mix ran out. It seemed to work well and the quad seemed to firm the seed bed at the same time.
I have always spread my line first and worked it into the soil by discing lightly. Then spread the clover seed and drag it. That way the clover seed doesn't get buried too depply but the lime is mixed in with the soil.
On only a third of an acre that method may have worked for you, but you need to be careful due to the different size and weight of the seeds vs lime. They can seperate easily and leave you with uneven seed distribution. But since you got over it so many times and it is such a small plot, you should be fine.
Homeinthewoods.. has it right the key is to spread lightly. Put your seed setting on the finest setting and walk briskly in a criss crossing pattern. The more you do of it the better you will get. It can be time consuming on large plots but it is very effective. Buy a spreader that is adjustable. If you have extra when you are done the criss crossing pattern reseed down the middle of the plot stay away from the woods edges keep it in the middle where the sun will be the most
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