RE2 Lowland Meadow (MG9 Grassland)

A versatile meadow habitat that replicates an MG9 National Vegetation Classification, N.V.C. 

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Description

A great habitat mixture most suited to low lying areas and soils that never fully dry out. 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 the sward to avoid excessive poaching. A great habitat for inverterbrates, birds and mammals. If possible when cuttting 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 every year. 

Where to use this mixture:

  • Moist soils
  • Open woodland
  • River and Lake banks
  • Industrial land
  • To encourage insects and birds

Specification

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Product Name RE2 (Lowland Meadow - MG9 Grassland)
Mixture Breakdown 1.0% Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
1.0% Greater Birdsfoot (Lotus uliginosus)
0.2% Meadow Sweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
0.5% Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum)
0.2% Autumn Hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis)
2.0% Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
2.5% Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
0.2% Meadow Vetchling (Lathyris pratensis)
2.8% Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
2.3% Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatorium)
1.0% Soft Rush (Juncus effusus)
1.5% Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
1.0% Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
0.8% White Clover (Trifolium repens)
1.0% Pendulous Sedge (Carex pendula)
2.0% Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
25.0% Slender Creeping Red Fescue (Festuca rubra litoralis)
10.0% Meadow Fescue (Festuca pratensis)
1.0% Browntop Bent (Agrostis capillaris)
6.0% Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatis)
6.0% Creeping Bent (Agrostis stolonifera)
4.0% Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis)
8.0% Tall Oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatius)
10.0% Crested Dogstail (Cynosturus cristatus)
1.0% Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)
5.0% Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass (Poa pratensis)
3.0% Golden Oat Grass (Trisetum flavescens)
1.0% 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.

For greater detail on all aspects of Wildflower meadow management please refer to our guide to wildflower meadow management.

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