Acid & Clay Soil Mixture
A suitable mixture for both acidic and heavy clay soil types. It is essential to prepare a well worked seedbed which has been managed to allow the control and removal of aggressive weeds. The seeds should be spread evenly and sown at no more than 10mm deep. Sow between March and May, or August and early October.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|commercial sweet vernal grass||4.0||0.040|
|certified meadow foxtail||10.0||0.100|
|certified crested dogstail||10.0||0.100|
|certified smaller catstail||15.0||0.150|
|certified common bentgrass||20.0||0.200|
|certified chewings/red fescue||25.0||0.250|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)||2.5||0.025|
|Betony (Stachys officinalis)||2.0||0.020|
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)||2.0||0.020|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||2.0||0.020|
|Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)||1.0||0.010|
|Ladys Bedstraw (Galium verum)||1.0||0.010|
|Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)||1.0||0.010|
|native ESSEX red clover||0.5||0.005|
|Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor)||0.5||0.005|
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.
This is a weakly stemmed, sprawling species, when cut is has a notable sweet smell.
Lesser knapweed is also known as common black knapweed. It is a competitive wild flower found throughout the UK and parts of western Europe, in old meadows and roadsides. It may be known as 'hardheads'.
Native Red Clover
Native red clover, sometimes known as Essex or indigenous red clover, is a native variety to the UK. Generally this variety is smaller and lower yielding than an agriculturally bred strain, but with a longer lifespan. Despite being lower yielding than some varieties, it is notably early to flower, often seen from April to May.
Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.
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.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Self heal is a low growing plant widely found throughout the UK.
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.
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.
This is a common perennial species that flowers late into the season, with tiny disticnt white or pink flowers. The latin 'milfoil' means a thousand leaves and refers to the tiny divide segments of the feathery leaves.
Erect, annual, hairless parasitic herb. Growing upton 50cm in height. The leaves are narrow-lanceolate, coarsely toothed and slightly wrinkled on the outed edge, stalkless and arranged in opposite pairs. Flowers are situated in short leafy spikes.