Species Rich Parkland Grassland Low Maintenance
ELS/HLS/CSS Codes: HK7 br>
br>A slow growing and more manageable seed mixture for those with low requirements from permanent grassland. This mixture can be grazed periodically or topped to keep a tidy appearance. Sow between March and early May or August and late September.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified common bentgrass||5.0||0.050|
|commercial crested dogstail||0.5||0.005|
|commercial sweet vernal grass||1.0||0.010|
|certified meadow foxtail||3.0||0.030|
|certified smaller catstail||0.3||0.003|
|certified sheeps fescue||35.0||0.350|
|certified red fescue||26.0||0.260|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||29.3||0.293|
Traditionally a grazing grass, which helps to fill out the base of the sward. This compact tufted perennial is found in abundance in sheep pastures. It is not aggressive and grows well late into the season when other grasses are giving up. It has good winter greenness but is inclined to produce wiry stems if not cut or grazed.
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.
The finest leaved and least aggressive fescue, it is found throughout the UK. It is hardy and drought resistant and will with-stand heavy grazing or close cutting, however it has a low forage yield. It is a useful species for providing a low growing, low maintenance green cover on difficult soils. It is one of the earlier fine fescues to flower in the spring.
Smaller Catstail / Small Timothy
A leafy perennial species found throughout the UK. It grows on low lands to foothills and can be found in old pasture and hedgerows. Normally thought of as a smaller, lower yielding relative of Timothy. Although valued as a forage plant for livestock, it can also form a useful compact turf.
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'.
Sweet Vernal Grass
An early flowering grass, strongly scented with coumarin, when cut as part of a hay crop it is this plant that gives hay its sweet smell. It is an adaptable plant, found growing in a wide range of habitats, with a high stem to leaf ratio.