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Buffer Strip Grass Margin Mix Two, Four or Six Plus Metre

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ELS/HLS/CSS Codes: EJ5, EJ9, EE8, EC24, EE1, EE2, EE3, EE9, AB3

An ideal mixture for buffer strips on cultivated land. It is suitable for all soil types and creates habitat for small mammals, invertebrates and birds. Its main purpose is to protect vulnerable areas, such as water courses, from agrochemicals and fertilisers.

This mixture is suitable for ELS and can also be used as an option in HLS ans CSS. Once established, these areas only need to be cut once a year after mid July. If sowing a six metre margin we recommend leaving the outer two or three metres uncut to provide tussocky cover for insects and wildlife. The best results come from either spring sowing, when the soil temperature is above 5 degrees C, or after harvest and before mid September. Later sowings are slower to establish and can be vulnerable to slugs.

Persistence (0-10 Years)
               
Grazing Suitability (1-5)
     
Cutting Suitability (1-5)
     

Contents per Kg%kg
certified common bentgrass5.00.05
certified timothy20.00.20
certified Pardus meadow fescue20.00.20
certified red fescue25.00.25
certified cocksfoot10.00.10
certified smooth stalked meadow grass20.00.20
Units AcHaKg

£5.68 / Kg

Sowing rate: 10.0kg/acre (25.0kg/ha)

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Bentgrass

Common Bentgrass is a perennial grass with fine leaves, The seed head is delicate and attractive, opening loosely from late spring through to autumn. Older swards in heavily grazed or trampled areas may form dense, low growing clumps.

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Cocksfoot

A densely tufted, bluish green species, it can grow up to 1 metre in height and can create tussocks. The dense one sided panicle is said to resemble the shape of a cocks foot.

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Meadow Fescue

One of the larger fescues this is a valuable grazing grass which can also be made into hay. Recent thinking has altered the Latin so that the flat leaved fescues (meadow fescue and tall fescue) have been given their own genus, separate from the finer leaved fescues.

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Red Fescue / Chewings Fescue

Also known as chewings fescue, this is a fine leaved, tufted grass. It is distinguished from creeping red fescue by its absence of creeping rhizomes. It remains dark green throughout most of the season.

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Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass

Found throughout the UK in meadows and traditional pastures. It is said to be one of the greenest grasses found growing in the early spring, and is an indicator of land that is well drained and in good heart. The species itself is palatable, and nutritional to livestock, often called one of the traditional 'sweet grasses'.

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Timothy

Possibly the most important and flexible grass species which is used both environmentally and agriculturally. It is a very common species found in pasture throughout the UK. It retains its verdure longer than most grasses and although similar to smaller cats tail, it is larger in size with wider leaves and a longer spike like panicle.

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