RE1 Traditional Hay Meadow (MG5 Grassland)

This old hay meadow mixture replicates an MG5 grassland as listed in the National Vegetation Classification, N.V.C. 

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Description

A grassland and wildflower community which reflects an old hay meadow before the advent of modern agricultural practises. Suitable for being managed by grazing in the long term however for the first few seasons managing by cutting might be required in order to develop the depth of sward to avoid excessive poaching. A great habitat for inverterbrates, birds and mamals. If possible when cutting in late summer an area of up to one third should be left uncut until the following spring for overwintering inverterbrates. This area should be alternated each year.

Where to use this mixture:

  • Heavy clay soils
  • Road verges
  • Embankments
  • Quarry areas
  • Lowland areas
  • To encourage insects and birds

Specification

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Product Name RE1 (Traditional Hay Meadow - MG5 Grassland)
Mixture Breakdown 0.50% AGRIMONY (Agrimonia eupatorium)
0.20% AUTUMN HAWKBIT (Leontodon autumnalis)
0.50% BIRDSFOOT TREFOIL (Lotus corniculatus)
2.50% BROWNTOP BENT (Agrostis capillaris)
0.50% BULBOUS BUTTERCUP (Ranunculus bulbosus)
2.00% COMMON KNAPWEED (Centaurea nigra)
25.0% CRESTED DOGSTAIL (Cynosurus Cristatus)
5.00% GOLDEN OAT GRASS (Trisetum flavescens)
1.00% LADY'S BEDSTRAW (Galium verum)
1.50% MEADOW BUTTERCUP (Ranunculus acris)
5.00% MEADOW FESCUE (Festuca pratensis)
2.60% MEADOW SWEET (Filipendula ulmaria)
0.50% OXEYE DAISY (Leucanthemum vulgare)
2.00% RED CLOVER (Trifolium pratense)
3.00% RIBWORT PLANTAIN (Plantago lanceolata)
0.20% ROUGH HAWKSBIT (Leontodon hispidus)
1.00% SALAD BURNET (Sanguisorba minor)
1.00% SELF HEAL (Prunella vulgaris)
6.50% SHEEPS FESCUE (Festuca ovina)
30.0% SLENDER CREEPING RED FESCUE (Festuca rubra litoralis)
1.00% SWEET VERNAL GRASS (Anthoxanthum odoratum)
5.00% TENO (Phleum bertolonii)
2.00% WHITE CLOVER (Trifolium repens)
1.00% YARROW (Achillea millefolium)
0.50% YELLOW RATTLE (Rhinanthus minor)

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Usage Guide

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Sowing Rate 5g/m2
Sowing Time March - October
Sowing Depth 10mm
Sowing Instructions Create a fine friable seedbed down to 150mm in depth. Carry out two equal sowings at right angles to each other and diagonally to main axis. Broadcast manually or use seed drill, rake level and roll. Ensure good seed to soil contact.
Maintenance
Autumn Sown (First year)
March Cut to 40-70mm if there is sufficient material (sward above 100mm).
May Cut to 40-70mm.
August/September Cut to 40mm after flowering. in all cases remove clippings.
Maintenance thereafter
April Cut to 40-70mm.
August/September Cut to 40mm after flowering. in all cases remove clippings.
Spring sown (First year)
6 weeks after sowing Cut to 40-70mm if there is sufficient material (sward above 100mm).
May Cut to 40-70mm if there is sufficient material (sward above 100mm).
August/September Cut to 40mm after flowering. in all cases remove clippings.
Maintenance thereafter
April Cut to 40-70mm.
August/September Cut to 40mm after flowering. in all cases remove clippings.
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For greater detail on all aspects of Wildflower meadow management please refer to our guide to wildflower meadow management.

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