ESG1 – Basic Fine Grass Mixture
This basic grass mixture is composed of low growing fine grasses for seeding buffer strips,margins and field corners.
|%||Latin name||Common name|
|20||Cynosurus cristatus||Crested Dogstail|
|25||Festuca rubra||Slender-creeping Red-fescue|
|35||Festuca rubra ssp. commutata||Chewing's Fescue|
|20||Poa pratensis||Smooth-stalked Meadow-grass|
|20||8||2||Order this mixture|
Sown along headlands ESG1 will produce permanent grass cover which can act as a barrier to problem hedgerow weeds such as cleavers and sterile brome. This mixture is also tolerant of some graminicides where spraying is appropriate.
Ideally select ground that is not highly fertile and does not have a problem with perennial weeds (especially grass weeds like couch grass).
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.
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, but roll to firm it in and get good soil/seed contact. (more on sowing)
First year management
Top all plant growth (sown species and weeds) at least 3 times through the first season (removing cuttings if dense) to prevent weeds smothering the slower-growing grasses. More frequent and regular topping will minimise the amount of toppings produced each time so they can be left to disperse.
Management once established
Management once a grass sward is established will depend on site objectives. The low productivity of the grasses in ESG1 mean that the mowing requirement is minimised. (more on grassland management) Follow stewardship guidelines where these apply.
For advice on management when sown with a wild flower mix see ESF1
If you select this mix ESG1 as the grass base to create Flower-rich margins and plots (Countryside Stewardship option AB8) order with 2kg/ha of a wild flower mixtures such as ESF1 and sow at a total combined sowing rate of 20kg/ha