EG25 – Basic Old Fashioned Grazing Mixture (with no ryegrass or clover)

Composition

EG25 is a grazing mix which is ryegrass and clover free for horse and pony owners who wish to avoid these particular species. This selection of grasses complement each other to produce a productive sward. EG25 will be slower to establish from seed and not be as high yielding as other grazing mix options but is stable and dependable over a range of soil and weather conditions.

Grasses

% Latin name Common name
2 Agrostis capillaris Common Bent
16 Cynosurus cristatus Crested Dogstail
12 Dactylis glomerata Cocksfoot
16 Festuca rubra Strong-creeping Red-fescue
8 Phleum bertolonii Smaller Cat's-tail
5 Phleum pratense Timothy
12 Poa pratensis Smooth-stalked Meadow-grass
5 Poa trivialis Rough-stalked Meadow-grass
8 Schedonorus arundinaceus (Festuca arundinacea) Tall Fescue
16 Schedonorus pratensis (Festuca pratensis) Meadow Fescue
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Sowing Rates

kg/ha kg/acre g/m2 Order Mixture
40 16 4 Order this mixture

Growing Guide

Ground preparation

Good preparation is essential to success so aim to control weeds and produce a good quality seed bed before sowing. Roll fluffy or dry seedbeds with a ring roll to consolidate before sowing. (more on preparation)

Sowing

Seed is best sown in the autumn or spring, but can be sown at other times of the year if there is sufficient warmth and moisture.

Seed must be surface sown: broadcast by machine or broadcast by hand (do not drill). Do not incorporate or cover the seed to any depth, but roll to firm it in and get good soil/seed contact. (more on sowing)

Aftercare

First year management

In good growing conditions (warm soils and adequate rainfall) the grass will establish and need its first management around 6-10 weeks from sowing, by which time grass will have reached around 10cm height.

Top initial growth (sown species and weeds) to encourage the sward to thicken up and restrict any weed growth. Remove or disperse cuttings so as not to leave mulched patches which will kill young grass.

Light grazing with horses or other livestock can be introduced once a closed sward has established.  Graze for short periods initially to avoid over grazing and allow time for the grass to recover.  Avoid grazing if the soil is saturated with water.

Management once established

Once the sward is well established with good ground cover and strong roots livestock can be introduced freely to graze as appropriate to the season and amount of growth.

Do not over-stock to avoid sward damage and poaching. Rotating grazing round different fields or sub-dividing fields is a good way of preventing over-grazing and allowing the sward recovery time. Aim to keep a sward height of at least five centimetres through most of the grazing period, and not less than two to five centimetres at the end of a grazing period.

Remove animals from pastures if the ground is very wet or waterlogged as their hooves will very quickly destroy the sward and churn up the ground.  Such poaching destroys the sward and opens it up to invasion of problem weeds like thistles and ragwort.

Control any weeds like docks and thistles by spot treatment. (more on weed control)

Top any un-grazed tall growth in pastures with a rotary or flail mower (or a scythe) each year in late June to early July.  This topping will help keep weeds like thistles at bay, and even up the sward, inhibiting tussock formation from grasses like cocksfoot. Note: If you have nesting birds using the pasture delay topping until they have fledged in late July.

Chain harrow in early spring as soon as the ground dries enough to even out mole hills, remove dead grass and reinvigorate the sward. Over-seed any significant bare areas.

These grazing mixtures can be used to produce a hay crop from the second year onward if required Shut up the pasture removing livestock from spring through to midsummer. Take a hay cut late June/July.  After the hay crop has been removed return livestock to graze the aftermath.

Ordering

You can order any quantity of this mixture from 0.1kg up to 1000kg. Please contact us if you require more.

nb: 1000g = 1kg, 100g = 0.1kg

Prices include p&p to most mainland destinations, more on delivery charges.

Prices

£/100kg £750.00
£/10kg £84.00
£/1kg £12.00
£/100g £5.00