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|
|commercial sweet vernal grass||1.0||0.010|
|certified meadow foxtail||3.0||0.030|
|certified common bentgrass||5.0||0.050|
|commercial crested dogstail||6.0||0.060|
|certified rough stalked meadowgrass||10.0||0.100|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||25.0||0.250|
|certifed red/chewings fescue||25.0||0.250|
|certified sheeps fescue||25.0||0.250|
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.
Rough Stalked Meadow Grass
Rough stalk meadow grass is a very common species throughout the UK and Europe. It can be found in lowland pastures, river meadows and waste ground. Recognisable from its tufted habit and erect culms. It is generally leafy towards the base, and will fill out the bottom of the sward as it tolerates partial shading.
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.
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.