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DIVERSE MEADOW GRASS SEED

£15.15

An inclusive mixture of meadow grass species to create the quintessential summer hay meadow.

Price details per 1.00 kg (VAT: Zero rated)

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Buy 5.00 kg at 10% discount
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Contents ( 1.00 kg )
  • 20% SHEEPS FESCUE festuca ovina
  • 16% DOGSTAIL cynosurus cristatus
  • 10% MEADOWGRASS poa pratensis
  • 10% CHEWINGS FESCUE festuca commutata
  • 5% TALL FESCUE festuca arundinacea
  • 5% COCKSFOOT dactylis glomorata
  • 5% FINE FESCUE festuca rubra litoralis
  • 5% R. S. M. G. poa trivialis L
  • 5% CATSTAIL phleum pratense bertolonii
  • 5% BENTGRASS agrostis capillaris
  • 4% MEADOW FOXTAIL alopecurus pratensis
  • 4% TUFTED HAIR deschampsia caespitosa
  • 4% WOOD MEADOW poa nemoralis
  • 2% YELLOW OAT trisetum flavescens
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        SKU: GSS-MG2

        Our Diverse Meadowgrass Seeds mixture is based on traditional hay meadows which were essentially fields used occasionally for grazing but mainly for the production of soft hay (dry, mature grasses). The hay could then be stored as a valuable feed for farm animals being housed through the winter months when fresh grass was usually unavailable.
        As stated, a hay meadow would sometimes be grazed in early spring, if the weather allowed, and again in mid to late autumn particularly if grass re-growth was strong following hay making and the ground conditions remained favourable.

        Not only is a diverse hay meadow aesthetically pleasing, particularly when it produces a mass of pretty seed heads in early summer, but establishing even a relatively small area can provide excellent cover and habitat for insects and small invertebrates. The area in turn will, together with the seeds produced from the grasses, provide a valuable natural food source for many other wild animals and birds.

        Sow Diverse Meadowgrass Seeds at the higher rate for small areas to produce a denser population of grass.
        Sow at the med- low rate if using as non competitive companion grasses to any of our 100% Wild Flower Seed mixtures.

        Cut or strim the area in late summer as a hay crop or occasionally graze/ mow to maintain a healthy sward.

        This mixture requires up to 12 months to fully mature.

        SOWING RATE
        5 to 25 grams per square metre

        BEST SOWING TIMES
        March to late September

        COVERAGE
        1.00 kg covers a minimum of 40 square metres

        SOWING INSTRUCTIONS

        • Produce a firm, weed free seedbed clear of large stones and any other debris.
        • Rake or harrow over the surface to create a thin layer of fine soil (tilth) approximately 10-20mm deep.
        • Split the total quantity of meadow grass seed to be applied into two equal amounts.
        • Apply the first half over the entire area either by hand or by using a broadcast spreader.
        • Gently work most of the applied seeds into the tilth with a firm rake or harrow.
        • Apply the remaining seed in the same way and again, rake or harrow most of them into the tilth.
        • Finally, lightly roll or tread over the surface to squeeze the seeds and tilth down into the seedbed. This method ensures the lawn seeds are evenly spread, set at different depths and in good contact with the soil. All of which helps to anchor the seeds in position so as not to float away during heavy or persistant rainfall and to retain the correct moisture level for quicker germination.
        • Grass meadow seeds may also be simply scattered onto open ground however, this means the seeds are exposed to birds and other hungry pests, particularly during periods of prolonged sunny, dry or windy weather so seed germination may be significantly lower and establishment may be very slow and/or uneven – even with regular irrigation.