Orchard Clover Understory Mixture
This legume based, nitrogen fixing mixture provides useful ground cover for orchards. The mixture will flower from early May onwards. This attracts pollinators and beneficial preditary insects. Normally sown at 20kgs per acre.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified red/chewings fescue||27.5||0.275|
|certified sheeps fescue||22.5||0.225|
|certified common bentgrass||5.0||0.050|
|certified Jura white clover||5.0||0.050|
|certified red clover||10.0||0.100|
|certified alsike clover||5.0||0.050|
|certified birdsfoot trefoil||5.0||0.050|
Birdsfoot Trefoil is a legume, it grows from a basal crown, with numerous stems that can vary from prostrate to erect in growth habit. In some parts of the country it is called the 'eggs and bacon' plant.
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established itís capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The highest yielding strains of red clover are called 'double cut' varieties, normally providing quick regrowth after cutting and several flushes or cuts per season. The 'single cut' strains of red clover, notably the variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering approximately 10 days later than the 'double cut' strains.
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.
Sainfoin is extremely palatable to livestock and has very good nutritional balance. It can be grazed or fed as hay or silage. It suits the thin soils and limestone rich downlands found in some areas of the UK. Loosely translated sainfoin in French means 'Healthy Hay'.
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.