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.
Often forming part of the sward in an old traditional pasture. It can also be used for non aggressive environmental mixtures or traditional grasses or grasses and wild flowers.
A perennial species, the wiry spikelet is often by-passed by livestock, allowing it to reseed itself regularly. Regular cutting or mowing for hay will favour the persistence of crested dogstail, it does not cope well with aggressive, tall swards and heavy shading.
The leafy lower growing leaves are acceptable to livestock, especially sheep. It will withstand cold conditions and dry periods, with the ability to stay green long into the winter.
Crested dogstail has good cold tolerance.
Sowing Rate Advice
12kg per acre / 30kg per ha
Seed is relatively expensive compared to some other traditional grasses
Ideal Sowing Time
This species can be sown in most parts of the year, however warm soils and moisture will speed up germination.
It is inclined to produce wiry stems if not cut or grazed, often standing into the autumn and winter.
The seed is oval to ovate in shape, tapering to a point at one end. It has a shiny, smooth light to medium brown colour, it is one of the smaller seeds reaching 2mm in length.
Leaves are smooth and shiny on the underside, and rough on the upper surface, tapering to a fine point. The leaf sheaths are short, not reaching far up the stem. The ligules are short and collar like in their shape. Culms are topped with one sided panicles, containing both fertile and sterile spikelets. The panicles are green and often tinged with purple.
Flowers June - July. Average seeds per kg - 2 000 000.
Works well withIt works well as a component of a traditional grass mixture, with species like, smaller catstail, red fescue and sheeps fescue.
You can find Crested Dogstail in the following mixtures
- Species Rich Parkland Grassland Low Maintenance
- Species Rich Parkland Grass Low Maintenance 20% ORGANIC
- Cotswold Wild Flora
- Chalk & Limestone Soil Mixture
- Acid & Clay Soil Mixture
- Damp Meadow
- Woodland Edge and Shady Area Mixture
- Pollen & Nectar Mix Grass & Legume Margin
- Pollen & Nectar Flower Mix Grass & Legume Margin 70% ORGANIC
- Orchard Clover Understory Mixture
- Equine Pasture Mix - Long Term No Ryegrass
- Equine Pasture Mix - Long Term No Ryegrass - 70% ORGANIC
- Natural Pony Paddock - with Herbs & No Ryegrass
- Natural Pony Paddock - 70% ORGANIC
- Weanling & Youngstock Grazing
- Weanling & Youngstock Grazing 70% ORGANIC
- Competition Grazing Mixture
- Competition Grazing MIxture 70% ORGANIC - derogation needed
- Retired or Rehabilitation Horse Grazing
- Final Trimester High Nutrient Boost - Strip Grazing
- Llama & Alpaca Paddock
- Llama & Alpaca Paddock 70% ORGANIC
- Paddock/Gateway Repair Mix
- Paddock/Gateway Repair Mix 70% ORGANIC
- Rabbit Run Mixture
- Golf Course Roughs Mixture
Crested Dogstail has been found in every county throughout the UK.