Harrow to Improve Stands of Clover
Here's a quick tip for landowners with wildlife openings or fields that have reseeding annuals and perennials, such as crimson clover and Redland II clover, planted in them. Be sure to lightly harrow these areas during August every two to three years.
Harrowing will cover the seed produced by the parent plants and allow germination and establishment of a new clover stand. Also, mow your clover plots in late summer and early fall to remove the taller plant species that shade out the smaller clovers. Do not mow less than six inches off the ground. Remember that most clovers are cool season plants that flourish during the cooler months.
Establishing and maintaining wildlife openings are important habitat management practices. Success results from proper planning and paying attention to detail. Selecting sites with the best soil conditions will yield more benefits to turkeys and other wildlife for your dollar, and planting a variety of plants to meet both spring and winter needs will improve the year-round potential of wildlife openings.
Ask the pros
The National Wild Turkey Federation offers several publications to aid in developing wildlife openings. The NWTF Wildlife Bulletin series is available by calling 1-800-THE-NWTF.