Autumn sowing deadlines 2011



This autumn's fine weather has provided a long window of opportunity for sowing seeds from August right through to November.



Sowings of wild flowers and grass seed can safely continue in most years, and on most sites, until the end of October.

Native wild plants are hardy,adapted to our climate and can survive most frosts. Young plants are however not so tolerant of water-logging. Late sowings are safest on free draining soils. Soils and sites that are prone to flooding are more risky - sowings in these circumstances are better postponed until spring.

October is a good month for sowing seeds into existing grass as growth and competition from the existing vegetation begins to slow as winter approaches. This also means that the all important gaps created for the seeds to grow into will last without becoming overgrown.  The good weather this autumn has however produced a lush late growth of grass which may need additional mowing or grazing through October or November.

Yellow rattle can be scattered into prepared grassland at any time in the autumn. The last sowing date for yellow rattle is Christmas.



Posted on 18 October 2011,
Category: Advice