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 mammals. 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 1.1% Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
1.0% Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
0.1% Lady's Bedstraw (Gallium verum)
1.0% Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
3.1% Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
1.1% Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatorium)
1.0% Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
0.2% Devilsbit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)
0.2% Meadow Sweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
2.0% Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)
1.0% Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
2.0% White Clover (Trifolium repens)
2.0% Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
0.5% Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
0.1% Autumn Hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis)
3.0% Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)
0.4% Meadow Vetchling (Lathyris pratensis)
0.2% Burnett Saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga)
30.0% Slender Creeping Red Fescue (Festuca rubra litoralis)
25.0% Crested Dogstail (Cynosurus cristatus)
5.0% Golden Oat Grass (Trisetum flavescens)
5.0% Meadow Fescue (Festuca pratensis)
6.5% Sheeps Fescue (Festuca ovina)
3.5% Browntop Bent (Agrostis capillaris)
0.2% Quaking Grass (Briza media)

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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
Year One

First cut early July, then monthly during August, September and October. 

Cutting height 70-100mm

Thereafter

Cut from mid-July to early September. This can be done as one cut but preferably, and if the meadow is big enough, you will cut it in sections leaving a week to a fortnight between cuts. Ensure you collect the arisings. 

If the meadow is large enough, consider allowing up to a fifth to stand uncut through the winter and cut down and remove the clippings in March the following year, this will provide a habitat for invertebrates and some vertebrates over the winter. Rotate this area so a different section is left uncut each year. This more closely replicates the grazing of animals which would leave some small areas not grazed.

If possible, and with the obvious exception of areas you are leaving uncut, lightly mow the sward down to 70-100mm as required throughout the winter months until March and collect the clippings.

Spring sown
Year One

First cut mid-September - 1st October and collect the arisings, then monthly during August, September and October

Cutting height 70-100mm.

Thereafter

Cut from mid-July to early September. This can be done as one cut but preferably, and if the meadow is big enough, you will cut it in sections leaving a week to a fortnight between cuts. Ensure you collect the arisings. 

If the meadow is large enough, consider allowing up to a fifth to stand uncut through the winter and cut down and remove the clippings in March the following year, this will provide a habitat for invertebrates and some vertebrates over the winter. Rotate this area so a different section is left uncut each year. This more closely replicates the grazing of animals which would leave some small areas not grazed.

If possible, and with the obvious exception of areas you are leaving uncut, lightly mow the sward down to 70-100mm as required throughout the winter months until March and collect the 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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